NHS and social care emergency contact information – Christmas and New Year
We’re pulling together all of the NHS and Social Care information you need for the Christmas and New Year period.
Where should I go for medical help?
999 should only be used in emergency or life threatening situation. Here are some examples of situations when you should dial 999 immediately (please note, this list is not exhaustive):
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Loss of consciousness
- Severe loss of blood
- Severe burns and scalds
- Severe allergic reaction
- Head injury
Pharmacy Opening Hours
You can call 111 when you need medical help or for an out of hours GP appointment. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help; it is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
The simple rules are call 111 if:
- you need medical help but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you might need to go to A&E
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- your GP surgery isn’t open
- Dental pain
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
Social care is provided by Kirklees Council and provides people (who need additional support to access services) the opportunity to live independently.
Examples of social care are:
- Home adaptions and equipment
- Care home and respite care
- Supporting carers
- Blue badge applications
- Disability, long term conditions and mental health assistance
The contact number for social care is 01484 414933, this service is available 365 days a year 24 hours a day.
Please note: On Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Years Day the service can only accept limited numbers of calls and queries.
Mental Health Support
If you have already suffered serious harm: Call 999 and ask for an ambulance or go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department.
- Contact the Kirklees Touchstone Well Bean Crisis Cafe (Telephone referrals are taken each night between 6 and 7pm)
Crisis cafe’s are open throughout the Xmas period as usual with additional openings in Huddersfield Friday 13th & 20th December & 10th & 24th January.
Dental Treatment and Emergencies
If you are experiencing dental pain during the Christmas and New Year period contact 111 who can provide emergency dental appointments either in local hospitals or dental practices.
Sexual health Support
The Locala Sexual Health service have some amended open hours and clinic times over the Christmas period, you can access the full list of the clinics and when they are operating here.
The Festive season can be a hard time of year for some people, so all the more reason to get out into the great outdoors and blow away the cobwebs.
Do not visit either A&E or GPs with symptoms of Norovirus as this may spread the virus.
Staying safe in Kirklees – Winter
For more information about flooding, housing, road closures and gritting please visit :