Wednesday 24 April 2024
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Plan ahead for the Easter weekend to avoid an unnecessary trip to A&E

The local NHS is reminding people not to leave it too late to order repeat prescriptions and to plan ahead for the bank holiday next week. 

The long weekend (7-10 April) can be one of the busiest times of the year as friends and family catch up and make the most of the four-day break. With a few simple steps, people can save time and avoid an unnecessary trip to A&E.

Some pharmacies will remain open to help those looking for help to treat minor illnesses, such as diarrhoea, a runny nose, a cough, or a headache. Health bosses are also urging the public to make sure they plan ahead and order any prescriptions they need in advance.

Dr Dave Briggs, Medical Director at NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, said: “By re-stocking medicine cabinets, knowing when your GP practice is open and planning ahead for repeat prescriptions, people can ensure they make the most of the bank holiday weekend.

“Running out of your usual medication can have serious consequences, especially if you use them to control heart and breathing problems or a health condition such as diabetes and it is the last thing you want to do while your friends and family are celebrating.

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“If you have a concern over the Bank Holiday period, the NHS is here for you and our 111 call operators will be available 24/7 to answer your concerns and direct you to the most appropriate place for your need.”

If people feel unwell over the bank holiday weekend, they can check their symptoms and get access to advice online. NHS 111 is a free service which runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

111 online 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
  • where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
  • where to find an emergency dentist, if there is availability in your area

Local community pharmacists can also provide free health advice to support you to self-care and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines. Pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday period can be found on the NHS website.

Other health services: 

NHS Urgent Care Centre 

  • Nottingham – The NHS Urgent Care Centre (next to the BBC building) is open every day from 7am-7pm. It deals with non-life threatening injuries and health problems. You don’t need an appointment to attend. Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA Tel: 0115 883 8500
  • Newark – Newark Hospital is open 9am-10pm (last patient seen at 9.30pm). It can be found on Boundary Road, NG24 4DE
  • Ilkeston Community Hospital – is open 8am – 8pm. It can be found on Heanor Road , Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 8LN

GP practices 

Talk to your GP, nurse or other healthcare professionals about symptoms that aren’t going away. They can offer telephone, online or face-to-face consultations. Contact 111 to see an out of hours GP.

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Mental Health crisis line 

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have a mental health crisis line which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to people of all ages. Contact: 0808 1963379

Emergency Departments  

Only call 999 or attend A&E departments for serious accidents and for genuine emergencies.


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