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    Top 5 Christmas holiday health hazards

    Top 5 Christmas holiday health hazards

    Posted on November 21st, 2023

    The team at YourGP hope you have a happy and healthy Christmas! To that end, here’s a timely reminder of some potential health hazards to be mindful of during the festive season. And if you need us at all, you can call, email or book online and we’ll be happy to see you at short notice so you can get back to celebrating the season in no time.

    Top 5 Christmas holiday health hazards

    1. Allergies: Cooking for friends and family? Be sure you ask beforehand if anyone has an allergy. This is also an important one to remember if gifting selection boxes to children that may contain nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy and other allergens.
    2. Food poisoning: Always follow the cooking instructions on your turkey and check before serving that the juices run clear. Store leftovers in the fridge and pay close attention to Use By dates.
    3. Twists and sprains: Nothing says Christmas quite like a sprinkling of fresh snow. But if you plan to head out for a brisk winter walk after lunch, take extra care on ungritted paths and pavements – the slippery icey surfaces can cause a painful fall.
    4. Choking: Be sure to keep toys with small loose parts out of reach of babies and young children as they can be a real choking hazard. Be particularly vigilant about button batteries which if swallowed can release highly corrosive acid and cause severe internal bleeding.
    5. Excessive alcohol: Alcohol consumption lowers inhibitions, making you more likely to take risks. Be sure to pace yourself throughout the day and alternate with plenty of water.

    We’re here for you this Christmas

    No one wants their Christmas to be ruined by health worries. That’s why YourGP offers same-day appointments, even during the festive period. Thanks to our friendly, affordable and accessible GP services, you can get any health concern checked out as soon as possible, then get back to celebrating the season knowing your health is in safe hands.

    Saturday 23rd December – Dean Village open as normal 9am – 3pm, Dundas Street closed
    Sunday 24th December – Closed
    Monday 25th December – Closed
    Tuesday 26th December – Closed
    Wednesday 27th December – Open as normal 9am – 5pm
    Thursday 28th December – Open as normal 9am – 6pm
    Friday 29th December – Open as normal 9am – 5pm
    Saturday 30th December – Dean Village open as normal 9am – 3pm, Dundas Street closed
    Sunday 31st December – Closed
    Monday 1st January – Closed
    Tuesday 2nd January – Closed
    Wednesday 3rd January – Open as normal 9am – 5pm

    To book an appointment at YourGP, you can choose a date and time that suits you via our simple online booking system, or you can email reception@your.gp. Alternatively, you call us on 0131 225 5656 or arrange a call back via our website.

    I went in for an allergy shot and was thoroughly pleased with the practice from start to finish. They informed me with the all the necessary details and potential side effects (which thankfully I didn’t have). The level of professionalism is felt from the time you enter all the way through the end of your appointment! Thank you! See you next year!

    Yulie L

    YourGP is regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland – the regulator for independent healthcare services across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland accepts complaints at any time. Contact them at:

    Independent Healthcare Team
    Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
    0131 623 4342 | his.ihcregulation@nhs.scot

    YourGP is registered with the Joint Council of Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP) Registered Office: Station Road, North Street, Havant PO9 1QU.