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Choose well and keep well this Christmas

The London Ambulance Service is urging people to be prepared this Christmas and only call for an ambulance in a genuine emergency.

Londoners are being reminded to make sure they pick up their prescriptions and any medicine they might need over the festive period.

Deputy Director of Operations Peter McKenna said: “We are reminding people to keep well this winter and choose the right place to treat their health problems.

“While some out-of-hours GPs will be available, it might be difficult to get medicines over the bank holidays. It is important people make sure they have enough of their medication to last over the holiday period.

“Our priority is to get to the most seriously ill and injured patients as soon as possible. Please help us by only calling 999 in a real emergency, and seeking help elsewhere for less serious problems.”

Tips for keeping well this Christmas:

  • Choose the right place to treat your health problems such as a walk-in-centre or calling 111 for minor illnesses and injuries.
  • Consider making your own way to hospital if it’s not an emergency – going in an ambulance does not mean you will be seen any sooner.
  • Make sure you’ve got a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home.
  • If you’re going out wrap up warm.
  • Look after yourself as well as vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours, particularly the elderly and children.


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