Helping you stay well over Christmas and the New Year holidays

Helping you stay well over Christmas and the New Year holidays

We're working with our health and social care system partners to support people in Oxfordshire over the holidays. Here's our top tips and advice

There is a range of local health services to treat and support people over Christmas and New Year.

Oxford Health and our system partners Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Oxford University Hospitals Trust, Oxfordshire County Council and South Central Ambulance Services, alongside Age UK Oxfordshire are again working together this winter to encourage everyone to stay well by taking practical steps.

  • Self-care is the best choice for minor illnesses and injuries.  A range of common winter ailments can be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
  • Having a winter plan is also advisable which could include having a free NHS flu jab if you are eligible and keeping your home warmed to at least 18 degrees centigrade – remember to keep an eye out for elderly neighbours by checking they are okay especially in the cold weather.
  • Visit your local pharmacist for advice on coughs, headaches, upset stomachs and indigestion.  Your pharmacist can help stop coughs and colds from getting worse. For a list of local pharmacies which are open on bank holidays see here
  • If your GP practice is closed you can contact the NHS 111 which has call handlers who will help you choose the right health service for your needs – you can also get NHS 111 advice online at NHS 111 can put you in touch with a clinician, a GP, book you an appointment at your nearest minor injuries unit or even call an ambulance for you.
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust’s minor injuries units (MIUs) can treat deep cuts, small burns, sprains, sports injuries, infected wounds and eye injuries. There are three MIUs in at Witney and Abingdon community hospitals and at Townlands Hospital in Henley
  • There are three first aid units at community  hospitals in Bicester, Chipping Norton and Wallingford. The quickest way to be seen is to go through NHS 111 but you can also turn up and be seen but may have to wait longer.
  • Extended hours GP appointment – you can see a doctor at the weekend or in the evening by contacting your own surgery’s reception who will book you a time to see a GP or a health professional at a time which suits you.
  • If you experience a mental health crisis out of normal working hours, you can get support with Oxford Safe Haven by calling 01865 903 037. It is an out-of-hours, non-clinical space offering crisis support, signposting, safety planning and listening support. It is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 6pm until 10pm.
  • If you are you out and about in Oxford city centre on a Friday or Saturday over winter and feel ill or have an accident South Central Ambulance Service’s SOS ambulance in Bonn Square can treat you from 10.45pm to 5.15am – there is an additional service on New Year’s Eve.
  • You can also access ‘Health and Care Oxfordshire’ with Oxfordshire CCG’s smartphonepp at


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Published: 20 December 2019