Media contact Tom Stevenson tel: 020 8846 6572 fax: 020 8846 7961 email@example.com Press release 13 December 2005 ARE YOU READY FOR A HEALTHY CHRISTMAS While many people enjoy a break over the Christmas and New Year holidays doctors and nurses across the borough will be at work or on call ready to help if they’re needed. We hope everyone in Hammersmith and Fulham will have a happy healthy Christmas, but just in case the NHS will be on hand to help. NHS Direct is open 24 hours a day or you can call on your GP’s out-of-hours service whenever the surgery is closed. Charing Cross Walk-in Centre is open every day over the holidays until 10pm. And for serious emergencies the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department is open 24 hours. Claire Halkyard, Walk-in Centre Lead Nurse, said: “Obviously we’re hoping everyone has a healthy happy Christmas, but the NHS doesn’t close, so if you need help it will be there. “People often try to struggle through the holidays with a problem and look for help in the New Year. But it’s much better to get help as soon as you think there’s a problem, otherwise your symptoms could get worse. Calling NHS Direct is one of the best ways to get expert advice without having to leave home. If they can’t help over the phone they can tell you the best place to go.” Places you’ll find help over the holidays include: • NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, every day 24 hours a day • GP out-of-hours service, whenever your surgery is closed. Call your normal surgery number for details. • Pharmacies, Call NHS Direct to find pharmacies open on the Bank Holidays. • Walk-in Centres; Charing Cross every day until 10pm and Parsons Green everyday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Visit www.hf-pct.nhs.uk for full details. • A&E, if it’s a life threatening emergency Charing Cross A&E is open 24 hours. Or visit www.hf-pct.nhs.uk for more information about what NHS services are open over the holidays. ends Note to editors: Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trust is the NHS organisation responsible for providing / managing family and community health services across the borough, including: general practitioners, pharmacists, dentists, opticians, health visitors, school nurses, district nurses, and a range of specialist community therapy. The PCT commissions Hospital Trusts to provide outpatient and inpatient care for local people. Hammersmith and Fulham Primary Care Trust and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust are two separate organisations, responsible for different parts of the NHS, and should be clearly distinguished in news articles.