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Taking care of each other this Christmas

Maeve Hully, PCC Chief Executive

While we are enjoying having time to spend with our families, maybe we should spare a thought for those people who dread the holiday season more than any other time of year, particularly people who feel lonely. Watching everyone around them connect with those they love can make their own feelings of emotional isolation greater. Holidays can make loneliness feel especially obvious with people imagining that they are the only ones who have no-one to spend Christmas with.

I hope you have a worry free Christmas. Take care of yourself, your family, friends and neighbours.

At this time of year it’s important to take care of both emotional and physical health. Health and Social Care has a range of information online, to help you look after yourself, and take actions to help stay well over this festive season, and beyond. This includes information on Pharmacies; Out of hours GP Service; Out of hours Dental Services; Out of hours Emergency Social Work Service; Minor Injuries Unit; Emergency Departments and Lifeline Crisis Response

As we approach the new year it is timely for us to reflect on the past 12 months and to thank all of you for your contribution and ongoing support to our work. By sharing your views, thoughts and time you are helping to make services better and safer for everyone. From all of us at the Patient and Client Council I’d like to wish you a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the new year.


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James Duddy 23-Dec-2017 at 00:31 hrs

To all of my guys happy holidays.Love you all


charlie lynn 22-Dec-2017 at 19:51 hrs

Thankyou for this very caring email. Unfortunately almost all of my friends have gone away now, most have died tragically so I am sorry to say I will have a lonely Christmas. To be really honest I do love Jesus but I hate Christmas.


Carmelfaloon 22-Dec-2017 at 17:51 hrs

Great and useful blog.happy new year to all at pcc.


Elizabeth 22-Dec-2017 at 16:27 hrs

Loneliness can only be explained by those who are going through it day after day, when you are made to feel lesser than the dirt on your shoe.

The council etc are trying to hammer home the slogan 'Look out for your elderly neighbours' or words to that effect, that is balderdash. I'm an senior citizen, widowed and totally live on my own in the country. I seldom see anyone and certainly none of my neighbours as the town people who come into the country do not want to mix and do not want to cooperate with the county rules.

Nobody has time for anything or anyone, but remember this could be you some day.

I'm spending my Christmas day on my own and am happy to do so as I've no other choice.

Happy Christmas to all those people who experience loneliness and God Bless.