ELLESMERE Port people have been told where to get medical help over Christmas.
And they have been advised only to attend the Countess of Chester Hospital's accident and emergency (A&E) unit if they or someone they know is suffering either:
A suspected heart attack or very severe chest pain.
Unconsciousness or severe breathing difficulties.
Heavy, uncontrolled blood loss, or deep wounds or cuts.
Head injury with loss of consciousness or vomiting, or broken bones.
Medics warn people not to attend A&E if suffering minor cuts, bruises, aches and pains, headache, toothache, or a cold and to see their family doctor instead.
If your GP surgery is closed, phone it anyway and you'll be transferred automatically to an out-of-hours service which will help or give you another number to ring.
If children have anything other than minor illnesses, cuts or grazes, seek immediate advice from a doctor. Also at risk are older people and those with long-lasting illnesses.
You can also call NHS Direct, a 24-hour helpline giving expert health advice and information on 0845 4647.
High street pharmacists have over-the-counter treatments for minor ailments. Before buying them, say who the medicine is for, what the symptoms are, and what treatments have already been tried.
For people visiting Cheshire who need medical aid over the Christmas holidays, or for local residents travelling outside the area to stay with family or friends, help is still at hand.
Any doctor should be happy to accept a visitor as an emergency treatment or temporary resident. If you're staying for three months or more, register as a permanent patient.
If you're staying in a hotel, staff can usually advise guests. Alternatively, GPs are listed in the Yellow Pages. Police also hold these details.