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Video: Suffolk GP hopes to upstage X Factor's Ben Haenow with his new NHS Christmas carol

PUBLISHED: 20:28 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 21:47 23 December 2014

Choir made up of members of the Aquarius Singers, staff from the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and members of the CCGs community engagement group

Choir made up of members of the Aquarius Singers, staff from the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and members of the CCGs community engagement group

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A Suffolk GP has penned lyrics for a new Christmas carol which he hopes will relieve pressure on the NHS during the busy festive season.

Lyricist Dr Jon Ferdinand, a GP in Wickhambrook, is confident that the festive ditty could get more YouTube hits this Christmas than X Factor winner Ben Haenow.

Using the tune of Good King Wenceslas, The Winter Health Tips Song outlines the advantages of having a well-stocked medicine cabinet, and of utilising the help and advice offered by your local pharmacist and the 24/7 urgent healthcare advice line 111.

Mr Ferdinand said: “Perhaps Ben Haenow’s performances will be upstaged by our new Christmas carol.

“The Winter Health Tips carol could have a really positive impact on reducing pressures on the health service this winter and we’re looking to social media to help spread the message.

“Let’s consider the NHS-Factor when considering healthcare this winter. Look after the NHS, so it can look after you!”

The informative seasonal number is performed by members of the Aquarius Singers, staff from the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and members of the CCG’s community engagement group.

The production of the carol has been supported by NHS West Suffolk CCG and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG.

Dr Ed Garratt, chief operating officer of NHS West Suffolk CCG, said finding new ways of spreading these important healthcare messages was vital.

“Winter means enormous additional pressure and demand on NHS staff and services”, he added.

“This Christmas carol performance is a fun and impactful way to encourage people to do the right thing this winter.”

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