Assessing Healthcare over Christmas
Christmas is nearly upon us, and for most of us, the Christmas tree is up, the presents have been bought and wrapped and the children are looking for the elf on the shelf. Keep ‘Elfy’ with our tips to keep germs at bay and know where to get help if the children are sick.
Babies and toddlers often have coughs and colds especially at this time of year. You can take some simple steps to help prevent the spread of a cold. For example:
- Wash your hands regularly, particularly before touching your nose or mouth and before handling food
- Always sneeze and cough into tissues – this will help prevent the virus-containing droplets from your nose and mouth entering the air, where they can infect others; you should throw away used tissues immediately and wash your hands
- Clean surfaces regularly to keep them free of germs
- Use your own cup, plates, cutlery and kitchen utensils
- Don’t share towels or toys with someone who has a cold the germs spreading.
Your health visitor, practice nurse, nurse practitioner, GP and pharmacist can all give you advice on how to treat your child’s illness but remember that all of these may not be available over the Christmas period.
What if my child is ill?
If your child is ill you can try your local pharmacy first. They will tell you if your child needs to see a GP. If your child has signs of serious illness contact your GP directly or take them straight to the A&E department of your local hospital.
Most GP surgeries are very supportive towards parents of small children. Some will fit babies into surgeries without an appointment or see them at the beginning of surgery hours. Many GPs will also give advice over the phone.
If you find it difficult to contact your doctor or get to the surgery you can call NHS 111 for medical advice, 24 hours a day.
NHS 111 Service
NHS 111 has been introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services in England. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
For further information please see
Urgent Care Services
There are several urgent care centres around the county of Lincolnshire.
Our urgent care centres (formerly accident and emergency) are open 24 hours a day, providing urgent assessment, diagnosis and treatment, provided by teams of emergency nurse practitioners and an associate specialist doctor during the day, and a GP at night (There is no doctor available at Skegness Hospital at night). Those patients who cannot be safely treated may be referred or transferred elsewhere as necessary.
County Hospital, Louth
County Hospital, Louth has an Urgent Care Centre, that is open 24 hours every day of the year. No appointment is necessary.
There is also an out of hours GP service located at Louth Urgent Care centre.
Telephone 01506 600100
Louth Hospital High Holme Road, Louth, LN11 0EU
Urgent Care Centre – Skegness Hospital
Skegness Hospital has an urgent care centre, which is open 24 hours every day of the year. No appointment is necessary and referrals are also accepted from the ambulance service and out of hours service.
Skegness Hospital, Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 2BS
Telephone: 01754 613 504
Lincoln Walk In Centre
The Lincoln walk in centre is a nurse led service, no appointment is necessary for minor illnesses and injuries, health advice and information.
The centre is open from 8am – 8pm seven days a week.
It is also open bank holidays (except Christmas Day and Easter Sunday).
Patients may be redirected to an alternative service if the centre is still very busy near to closing time.
63 Monks Road
Telephone Number: 01522 528153
What does the centre provide?
The walk in centre will provide treatment for:
- Minor injuries, cuts and grazes
- Minor illnesses
- Minor scalds and burns
- Strains and sprains
- Bites and stings
- Ear and throat infections
- Emergency contraception
- Minor skin infections / rashes
- Minor eye conditions / infections
- Stomach upsets
- Coughs and colds
- Other common illnesses
- Health promotion & health screening advice
The Lincoln walk in centre will aim to see you within 30 minutes of being booked in at reception. The centre will send a record of your consultation to your own GP. For consultations provided for children it will be sent to their health vsitor.
The walk in centre will not provide treatment for:
- Road traffic injury
- Head injury – loss of consciousness
- Chest pains
- Overdose of drugs or accidental drinking of chemicals
- Severe allergic reactions
In these or similar instances you will need to make an appointment with your own GP or in the case of an emergency you should attend your local accident and emergency department or call 999.
The walk in centre does not issue doctor’s certificates or repeat prescriptions
Johnson Hospital Minor Injuries Unit Spalding.
The minor injuries unit offers fast and modern healthcare to people at a time which suits them. The unit will treat people with injuries e.g. sprains, cuts and grazes, broken bones, bites and stings.
You can self-refer to the minor injuries unit and referrals are also accepted from the ambulance service and out of hours service. No appointment is necessary.
Please note that the minor injuries unit will not treat patients with more serious medical conditions or major injuries. Patients should go to their local Accident & Emergency or dial 999.
Open 7 days a week between 8am – 6pm. It is open every day during the Christmas period.
Spalding Road, Spalding, PE11 3DT
Telephone: 01775 652 000
John Coupland Minor Injuries Unit
The unit will treat people with minor illness and injuries e.g. sprains, cuts and grazes, broken bones, bites and stings. Please note that the MIU will not treat patients with more serious medical conditions or major injuries. Opening times: Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm with free parking.
John Coupland Hospital
Ropery Road, Gainsborough. DN21 2TJ