Plea to West Norfolk patients over Christmas medical care

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Health service chiefs in West Norfolk have urged patients to ensure they have enough of the medicines they need for the Christmas period.

The plea follows the launch of a campaign by the borough’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) urging residents to only go to accident and emergency departments when it is essential.

Group chairman Dr Ian Mack said: “At this time of year too many people wrongly visit the emergency department when they could get quicker, more appropriate treatment elsewhere.

“Many winter illnesses can be effectively treated with self-care, by making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet and get plenty of rest.

“By choosing the right service, people will make sure the emergency department and out-of-hours’ GPs are available for those who urgently need them during Christmas.”