Be winter ready – know where to go when you’re ill
The HSE Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation is reminding people to be ‘winter ready’ and to know where to go to access the healthcare which best suits their needs.
The health service is here for you this winter from routine appointments to urgent care. Visit www.hse.ie/winter. It contains lots of health information and advice from the HSE, including tips for eating well, exercise and physical activity, and minding your mental health over the coming months.
Prevention is always better than the cure. We know that it is better to ward off future illnesses and complications from existing conditions than deal with them when they have happened. There’s plenty that you can do to keep well, protect your health and mind yourself and your loved ones. It’s good to prepare a checklist for wellness this winter:
Be prepared – Know where to go
Despite our best efforts, some of us undoubtedly will become ill over the winter time. There are a number of treatment options open to you depending on your illness – being prepared and knowing where to go will mean that you will get treated more quickly and will ease pressures on the healthcare system.
Here is a list of care and treatment options:
Urgent Out of Hours GP Service
NEDOC provides urgent out-of-hours GP care for patients of participating practices in counties Cavan, Monaghan, Meath and Louth (excluding Dundalk). The service can be contacted by calling 1800 777 911
Operations Manager with NEDOC Ltd Arlene Fitzsimons stresses that the doctor on call service provides urgent out of hours GP care when your own surgery is closed in the evening and advises people not to call for routine matters that can wait until your GP surgery is open.
“NEDOC is an urgent service, it is not a routine replacement for your own daytime GP. If patients have routine issues, they should make an appointment with their own daytime GP who is best placed to manage their long-term health. However, patients with urgent medical concerns that arise when their own GP surgery is closed should contact NEDOC on 1800 777 911. In the event of an emergency or if your situation deteriorates, you should contact the emergency services immediately on 112 or 999.”
“The NEDOC service is not a walk-in service. It is by appointment only for those who are seriously unwell. Patients should also remember that GP surgeries will be open as normal until Friday 23rd December, and again from Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th 2022 inclusive. Patients should check the opening times of their own GP surgery.”
NEDOC’s arrangements for Christmas 2022 are as follows:
She added, “The NEDOC service has already seen significant increases in patient demand since mid-November, and have seen the highest level of calls to the service since we started in recent weeks, leading to longer waiting times for patients calls to be answered.
We anticipate that this Christmas season, with a 4-day Christmas (24th-27th) and 3-day New Year (31st/12 -2nd/1), to be busier than ever and this higher demand from patients will create delays getting through to the service at peak times or in waiting for a call back from a triage nurse, and again longer waiting times for an appointment. Where preparations can be made in advance, we advise patients and families to do so, by taking steps such as: