Be ready for any festive emergencies in Maddiston

by Rebecca Garrett

Everyone’s hoping for a happy, healthy and safe festive season here in Maddiston - but just in case, we’ve put together all the information you need about doctors, pharmacies and local council services over the Christmas and New Year period.

 

Medical

Your local GP practice will be closed for four days over Christmas (Saturday, December 24 to Tuesday, December 27) and for four days over New Year (Saturday, December 31 to Tuesday, January 3)

It will open as normal in the week beginning Monday, January 9.

To find your nearest GP practices, dentists, opticians and pharmacies, click here then click on Polmont.

NHS Forth Valley is gearing up to cope with extra demands over the festive season and is urging the public to make use of local GP, pharmacy and minor injuries services to avoid putting extra pressure on the Emergency Department at this busy time of year.

More medical and nursing staff, physiotherapists and occupational therapists will be working around the clock and additional GP time is also being secured to support the GP out-of-hours service.

Arrangements are also in place to bring in extra support should it be required.
The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Stirling Community Hospital will remain open every day throughout the festive period from 9am to 9pm.

It provides treatment for a wide range of injuries, such as suspected broken bones, sprains, minor burns and infected wounds.

No appointment is necessary and, while the MIU is based in Stirling, it can be used by any patient from across Forth Valley over the age of one.

Children under the age of one with a minor injury should be taken to the Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

NHS Forth Valley’s general manager for Medicine, Emergency Care and Rehabilitation, Ian Aitken, said: “Winter is a very busy time for the NHS and it’s important to remember that the Emergency Department is for people who have serious illnesses or injuries which require urgent care.

“Many people arrive at the Emergency Department with minor injuries that could be treated at the Minor Injuries Unit in less than half the time or with minor illnesses that could easily be dealt with by their GP or pharmacist.”

General advice and information on how to stay healthy this winter can be found here or contact NHS inform on 0800 22 44 88.

Support is also available for  people with mental health or psychological problems by phoning NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24, Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 or Breathing Space on 0800 83 8587 (6 pm to 2am).  

 

Council services/winter weather

The council offices will close to the public at 5pm on Friday, December 23 and will also be shut on:

  • Mon, Dec 26 and Tues, Dec 27
  • Mon, Jan 2 and Tues, Jan 3

In the event of any unforeseen disruptions to services due to the weather, the latest information will be available on the Falkirk Council’s Winter Information page.

This will also provide advice on winter travel and snow clearance.

The Contact Centre will be open 9am-5pm (Mon-Fri) at all other times for general enquiries.

You can reach the centre on contact.centre@falkirk.gov.uk or on 01324 506070.In the event of an emergency call 01324 503050.

The Social Work Emergency DutyTeam will be available at all times when Social Work Offices are closed and can be contacted on 01786 470500.

Users of the Mobile Emergency Care Services (MECS.) should note that this service is not affected by the holiday arrangements.

 

Refuse collection and recycling

For weeks beginning Monday, Dec 26 and Monday, Jan 2, all refuse and recycling collections for both trade and domestic properties will be collected one day in arrears, subject to weather conditions. 

Additional materials for recycling and disposal may be deposited at either Kinneil Kerse or Roughmute.

The recycling centres will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but will be open from 9am - 6pm at all other times.

Last entry is 15 minutes before closure, subject to weather conditions.

 

Christmas parking charges

Last minute Christmas shopping? Remember all council-run pay and display car parks are free until Friday, January 6.

Click here to see car parking charges and times in Maddiston. 

Additional car park information or advice may be obtained by contacting parking@falkirk.gov.uk or 01324 594950.

Machine or car park faults may also be reported to the above or by telephone, free of charge on 01324 landlines, to Clarence on 0800 23 23 23. 

 

Burials and cremations

The cemetery office, crematorium and burial grounds throughout the Falkirk Council area will be closed for cremations and burials on:

  • Mon, Dec 26 and Tues, Dec 27
  • Mon, Jan 2 and Tues, Jan 3

The Chapel of Remembrance at the Crematorium will be open for visitations on:

  • Sat, Dec 24, 9am – 12pm
  • Sun, Dec  25, 1pm - 3 pm
  • Mon, Dec 26 and Tues, Dec 27, 11am - 3pm
  • Sat, Dec 31, 9am – 12pm
  • Sun, Jan 1, 1pm - 3pm
  • Mon, Jan 2, 11am - 3pm
  • Tues, Jan 3, 11am - 3pm

 

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from everyone here at s1!

Share your messages, news and festive greetings here on s1maddiston.


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