NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG is urging residents to make sure they have enough supply of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early, and getting their medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials.
Many pharmacies are open over the Bank Holiday Weekend, but it pays to be prepared and order your prescriptions in advance so that GPs can sign them off in time and you don’t get caught short.
You can find opening hours for your local pharmacy over the Bank Holiday Weekend here.
The NHS is also calling on people to use 111 online first this Easter Bank Holiday if they need health care but it is not life threatening.
Trained advisors at 111 online will be able to advise on the best place for people to go for their needs.
From treating a cold or food poisoning to burns and sports injuries there are a host of NHS services here to help over the bank holiday weekend. There are also a number of pharmacies open this bank holiday and you can find where your nearest one is and its opening times here.
As we visit friends and family we know minor accidents will happen. The Urgent Treatment Centre on London Road can treat all those minor scrapes that can happen when falling off a bike or suffering from a burn after getting the Easter Simnel cake out of the oven.
James Hopkinson, Nottinghamshire GP and Clinical Lead at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, said: “If you rely on medication for long term conditions, don’t leave it too late to order your repeat prescriptions before Good Friday. Pharmacies may change their opening hours over the Bank Holiday weekend so it’s best to be prepared.
“Pharmacists are also there for you for help with common ailments should you need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help you get the right medications for everyday illnesses.
“It’s also important to note that if you need urgent care over the Bank Holiday but it is not life-threatening there’s a range of health care services that can help. If you are unsure which service is most appropriate, call 111 or visit 111 online they can direct you to the best services for you.
“This will help people get the most appropriate care for them in the best setting and may save many waiting longer than they or we would like in our A&Es across the county, so I would urge people to use 111 first this bank holiday if they can.”
Urgent treatment centres can help with many conditions such as strains, suspected broken bones, minor head injuries, as well as minor burns, rashes and emergency contraception.
If it’s a cold you need to look after or you want some over the counter advice for a bee sting the Community Pharmacists are open and can help treat the problem there and then. You can find opening hours for your local pharmacy over the Bank Holiday Weekend here.