The Local NHS has given us the ultimate guide on how to survive the Christmas party season…

Christmas party season is well and truly underway and ahead of ‘Mad Friday’ local NHS services are advising on the best places to access care and top tips to make sure your night ends the right way.

We have developed a guide to the party season to make sure we’ve got you covered this Winter.

Planning a trip to the Christmas markets to enjoy the alcoholic hot chocolates?

We can all enjoy an alcoholic drink without experiencing a bad hangover. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach, before you start your night out have a meal that includes carbohydrates (such as pasta or rice) or fats. The food will help slow down the body’s absorption of alcohol.

Don’t drink dark-coloured drinks if you’ve found you’re sensitive to them. They contain natural chemicals called congeners, which irritate blood vessels and tissue in the brain and can make a hangover worse.

Drink water or non-fizzy soft drinks in between each alcoholic drink. Carbonated (fizzy) drinks speed up the absorption of alcohol into your system. Drink a pint or so of water before you go to sleep. Keep a glass of water by the bed to sip if you wake up during the night.

Is it too late, have you already over indulged on the Christmas cocktails?

There are lots of things you can do to help cure your sore head. To prevent waking up to a hangover drink plenty of water before you go to sleep after a drinking session. This will help rehydrate the body.

Painkillers can help with headaches and muscle cramps. Sugary foods may help you. In some cases, an antacid may be needed to settle your stomach first. You can replace lost fluids by drinking bland liquids that are easy on the digestive system, such as water, soda water and isotonic drinks.

Drinking more alcohol, “hair of the dog” does not help. Drinking in the morning is a risky habit, and you may simply be delaying the appearance of symptoms until the alcohol wears off again. If you’ve had a heavy drinking episode, hangover or not, doctors advise that you wait at least 48 hours before drinking any more alcohol to give your body time to recover. 

Tripped and fallen out of your dancing shoes?

If you think you have sprained your ankle dancing to Christmas party songs, local walk in centres can provide advice and treatment and can even refer you to a local X-Ray service if appropriate without the need to visit the emergency department.

X-Rays are offered following assessment from a nurse practitioner; who will direct you to  one of the following;

  • The York Centre, Smithdown Road – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm
  • South Liverpool Treatment Centre – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • Litherland Town Hall – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 7.00pm

Don’t catch a chill waiting for your journey home.

Make sure you take a warm coat out with you as waiting for a taxi or a lift home can sometimes mean you are standing outside for long periods. Better still, order a cup of tea/coffee whilst you wait from a food vendor, not only will it help with the hangover but it will keep you warm in the cold weather.

Do you struggle with mental health over the Christmas time?

Sometimes socialising can leave people feeling overwhelmed or anxious. This can lead to isolation and loneliness. We are reminding people that if you are feeling depressed or experiencing changes to your mental health you can have a chat to your GP. In Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton GP appointments are now available into evenings and weekends.

If you prefer to chat to someone over the phone confidential support is available from Liverpool Samaritans on 116123 or Talk Liverpool have lots of resources online here.

Alternatively you can chat to Woebot, an app available on iPhone and Android that helps people with mental health stressors and provides free tips and advice on how to boost your mood with practical exercises at your fingertips.

Realised that in the haste to open your advent calendar you have forgotten to take your pill?

Not only can you visit a community sexual health service to get a repeat contraceptive pill, they can also offer emergency contraception and advice and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Visit this website for Christmas opening times for sexual health services at the Royal. You can also book an appointment online here.

Chipped your tooth on a candy cane?

For urgent dental treatment or advice and support on dental queries you can call the Cheshire and Merseyside helpline on 0151 476 9651. This is not a drop in service and you will be given an appointment to attend one of the local urgent dental care clinics.

This service is available to those who can’t access a dental appointment with their own practice at weekends or bank holidays. This is also available to those who are not currently registered with a dentist. NHS dental charges will apply.

General Advice

Dr Paul Fitzsimmons, deputy medical director at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust said, “We are reminding everyone to keep our emergency department free for those with serious illnesses and injuries.

We want everyone to enjoy the festivities around Christmas and New Year, however we do want to make sure people consider using an alternative health providers such as a GP appointment which are now available at evening and weekends, walk in centres, pharmacies or even speak to NHS111 for advice.

There are lots of ways that you can enjoy the party season safely and look after your health, make sure that you end up in your own comfortable bed rather than in a hospital bed unnecessarily.”

Walk in Centre opening times Liverpool, Knowsley and Sefton 

Liverpool

Old Swan NHS Walk-in Centre
Crystal Close, St Oswald Street, L13 2GA
Open 8.00am – 8.00pm; seven days a week

0151 247 6700

Liverpool City Centre NHS Walk-in Centre
6 David Lewis Street, Liverpool, L1 4AP
Open 8am-8pm; Seven days a week

0151 247 6500

Smithdown Children’s Walk-in Centre (For 0-15 years only)
Smithdown Road, Liverpool L15 2LF (near Asda Supermarket- 3 miles from city centre)
Open 8.00am-8.00pm; seven days a week

0151 285 4820

South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre / Walk-in Centre
Church Road, Garston, L19 2LW
Open 8.00am – 8.00pm; seven days a week

0151 295 9010

X-Rays are offered following assessment from a nurse practitioner, referrals will then be made to one of the following;

  • The York Centre, Smithdown Road – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 6.00pm
  • South Liverpool Treatment Centre – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm
  • Litherland Town Hall – Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 7.00pm

Knowsley

Nutgrove Villa, Westmorland Road, Huyton, L36 6GA
Open 8.00am-9.00pm (Mon to Sat) 10.00am-9.00pm (Sun & Bank holidays)

0151 244 3150

St Chads NHS, St Chads Drive, L32 8RE
Open 8.00am-9.00pm (Mon to Sat) 10.00am-9.00pm (Sun & bank holidays)
0151 244 3180

The Halewood Centre, Roseheath Drive, L26 9UH
Open 8.00am-9.00pm (Mon to Sat) 10.00am-9.00pm (Sun & bank holidays)
0151 244 3532

Sefton

Litherland Walk-in Centre

Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, L21 9JN

Open from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week (including bank holidays)

0151 475 4667

West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre

Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ

Open from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week – including bank holidays.

01695 588 800

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre

116-118 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ

Open from 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week – including bank holidays.

01695 588 640

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