Ahead of the Jubilee bank holiday (2 – 5 June) NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG is urging residents to make sure they have enough supplies of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early.
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. It is also wise to get your medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials.
You can find your nearest pharmacy and their opening times here – https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy
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.
As we visit friends and family we know minor accidents will happen. The Urgent Treatment Centres on London Road and at Newark Hospital can treat all those minor scrapes that can happen when falling off a bike or suffering from a burn. Both Urgent Treatment Centres have X-ray facilities too.
James Hopkinson, Nottinghamshire GP and Clinical Lead at Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG, said: “We know it will be easy to be focusing on the celebrations of the Jubilee in the run up to this bank holiday, but please remember to order your repeat prescriptions in good time so that you have all the medications you need to help manage any long-term conditions.
“Some pharmacies will be open over the bank holiday period, but some may be closed or will have changed their opening hours, so it pays to be prepared. Remember, the Jubilee Bank holidays are on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June meaning many people have a four-day weekend.
“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 will mean that our fantastic teams in our A&E departments can focus on those who need their care the very most.”
If it’s a cold you are suffering from or you want some over the counter advice for a bee sting then pharmacies 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.
If it is an accident or emergency that is a threat to life then please always call 999.