Access to support and services
It can be harder to find out quickly what service to use, because opening hours change during the festive period.
GP surgeries tend to close over Christmas, and appointments are harder to book. For medical help, you can contact NHS 111 in England or NHS 111 in Wales.
You can access the Derbyshire mental health helpline on 0800 028 0077 – this is a Freephone number and calls from landlines or mobiles should be free. The support line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are having a difficult time you can ring the Samaritans on 116 123, 24 hours a day 7 days of the week 365 days of the year .
Pharmacies close and it can be harder to get medication. The NHS has information on getting out-of-hours medication and emergency prescriptions.
Things maybe closed when you need them. For example, food banks and other support services might be able to help ahead of Christmas, but are often closed on public holidays. You can search for food banks in your area on our website https://derbycitylifelinks.org.uk/food-banks-derby/
You can also download the mental health foundation’s “How to look after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak” https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus?bbeml=tp-EbFsTopOv0SfkgIhAgzciA.jE757Neh6rUWP42MSvC79ow.rjEmZr4uIhEmT32eide_Brg.lhpttD-J38kKaIUTSuSCE5g