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NHS urges patients to be prepared for Bank Holiday Weekend and order prescriptions in advance

NHS reminds the public to be prepared for Bank Holiday weekend by topping up medicine cabinets and ordering prescriptions in advance

Residents in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are being encouraged to top up their first aid kits and make sure they’ve ordered repeat prescriptions in preparation for the August bank holiday weekend.

Local pharmacies can help you with preparing for the bank holiday, supporting you with self-care for common conditions as well as providing advice on treatments and recommend over the counter medicines which you can buy without a prescription. Pharmacists can help with things like allergies, rashes, insect bites, headaches, earaches and many other ailments which you might have over the Bank Holiday weekend. Some pharmacies will be open during the bank holiday, find your local pharmacy on the NHS England website.

Dr Dave Briggs, Medical Director at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire said, “The NHS is here for you during the bank holiday weekend, but it is important that you make sure you are prepared by picking up any prescriptions and topping up your medicine cabinets in advance.

“Over the Bank Holiday, please choose the right service for your needs and if you are unsure about where to go, please visit NHS 111 online or call 111 and you will be directed to the most appropriate setting for your need.”

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If you need support from the NHS over the bank holiday weekend, you can visit 111 online or call 111. The 111 service can tell you where to get help for your symptoms, if you’re not sure what to do, how to find general health information and advice, or where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine.

Urgent Treatment Centres can treat injuries like sprains, breaks and minor scalds. In Nottingham and Nottinghamshire we have:

  • Nottingham’s Urgent Care Centre is next to the BBC building. Open every day from 7am-6pm and you don’t need an appointment to attend. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500
  • Newark urgent treatment centre is situated at Newark Hospital. Open 9am-10pm (last admission 9.30pm) and located on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE
  • Primary Care 24 is open 24 hours a day and can be found at King’s Mill Hospital, NG17 4JL
  • Nearby in Derbyshire, Ilkeston Community Hospital is open 8am – 8pm and can be found on Heanor Road, Ilkeston, DE7 8LN. You can book into this service via 111.

Call 999 in a medical or mental health emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. If you’re unsure if you need medical help or not, contact NHS 111.

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