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Advice from the DHSS this Christmas 18 December 2007

The Department of Health and Social Security today issued health advice for the festive period.

Dr. Parameswaran Kishore, Director of Public Health said,

“The best advice I can give is to keep a well stocked medicine cabinet, which will help to alleviate the symptoms of many common illnesses. It is also important to keep a small supply of pain relief medication, such as paracetamol or aspirin, to save a trip out when you are feeling unwell.”

Dr Kishore continued,

“If you need medical advice, you do not necessarily have to wait for an appointment with your GP. Your local pharmacist is qualified to give you expert advice on health issues, without an appointment. This includes sprains, upset stomach, coughs and colds.”

If you urgently need to contact your General Practitioner or Dental Surgery, you should in the first instance call your surgery on the usual number. Out of hours services will be provided as usual.

The Public Health Directorate can be contacted on 642639 during working hours. If there is an emergency and you need the services of a Public Health Consultant outside of the working hours, please call 650000 and Noble’s Reception will advise you of the consultant on call and put you through.

The Manx Emergency Doctors Service (MEDS) will be available when your doctor’s surgery is closed. If you have a medical condition that isn’t life-threatening but cannot wait until your surgery opens, you should telephone your usual doctor’s surgery and a recorded message will inform you of the number to call to speak to the doctor on duty. If you have chest pain or a life-threatening emergency you should always call 999. The MEDS service is in operation from 6.00pm to 8.00am during weekdays and 24 Hours during weekends and bank holidays.

Opening hours for the Department will be featured in Thursday’s (20th December) IOM Courier Newspaper and a copy is attached with this press release.

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