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Hull and East Riding residents are encouraged to ensure they are prepared for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays and reminded which NHS services will be available.

Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC), out of hours GP services and some pharmacies across Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire will remain open. However, GP practices and most pharmacies will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Some pharmacies will be open over the festive period to ensure you can access services if necessary. You can find out which pharmacies are open near you this Christmas by visiting https://www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/data/uploads/pharmacy-bank-holiday/east-riding-christmas-ny-2021-22.pdf for pharmacies in the East Riding of Yorkshire and https://www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/data/uploads/pharmacy-bank-holiday/hull-christmas-ny-2021-22.pdf to view pharmacies open in Hull over Christmas.

If you need to access GP services over the festive season, routine appointments are available by contacting your GP if you live in Hull. In East Riding of Yorkshire contact The Improving Access service on 01482 458262, open Friday 6.30-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-12.30pm

For urgent medical advice, please use the NHS 111 online service (http://111.nhs.uk). If you cannot get online, call 111.

UTCs can treat minor ailments such as cuts, burns and suspected fractures, with no appointment necessary. Find out more about East Riding UTCs by visiting https://www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/choose-well/utc/ or https://www.hullccg.nhs.uk/other-services-2/local-services-and-your-health/find-local-services/ for Hull UTCs.

The Mental Health Advice and Support Line for Hull and the East Riding will remain operational over the bank holiday weekend.

Individuals over the age of 18, who require mental health support, can access the service by calling 0800 138 0990.

If you are in a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999.

The NHS is prioritising bookings for Covid-19 vaccination boosters and is urging people to book an appointment to guarantee their jab – as it aims to offer every eligible adult their booster dose by the end of December 2021.

Attend a walk-in clinic or book online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/ or by ringing 119. The national booking site shows good availability for late evenings and weekends, along with daytime appointments.

NHS Hull and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCGs would like to remind people that the offer remains open to anyone who has not yet come forward for their first or second dose Covid-19 vaccination,

NHS Hull and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCGs want to thank local NHS services for their continued support during this difficult and challenging time.

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