Plan ahead for routine appointments and medication this Easter bank holiday weekend

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Plan ahead for routine appointments and medication this Easter bank holiday weekend

Posted on Wednesday 5th April 2017

Patients in Cumbria are being urged to book any routine appointments and ensure they have a supply of any medication they regularly take to get through the Easter bank holiday weekend this year.

The weekend includes bank holidays on both Friday (14th April) and Monday (17th April).

Patients are being encouraged to make their plans in advance of the bank holiday weekend ensuring that any routine appointments with GPs are booked in now to avoid any last minute issues at this potentially busy time. Patients with regular prescriptions should also ensure that they have a supply of their required medication to last through the bank holiday weekend, keeping in mind Pharmacy opening times at this time. (Select Here to view|)

To help keep pressure off accident and emergency departments patients are also encouraged to think carefully about the right service for their needs. Common ailments such as coughs and colds are best dealt with at home with rest and a well-stocked medicine cabinet. A&E departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only.

Pharmacists can be a good source of medical advice – they are highly trained healthcare professionals, have a private room, and patients do not require appointments. Patients can also ask about symptoms confidentially to get the relevant advice.

The NHS 111 non-emergency phone number can also provide medical advice. You will be able to speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask a series of questions to assess symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. The service is available 24/7 and calls are free from both landlines and mobile phones.

Dr Rachel Preston from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“Ahead of this busy time make sure that you are organised and have any necessary routine appointments booked in, ahead of the Easter bank holiday.

“It’s also sensible to check that you have all the prescription medication you’ll need to get you through the bank holidays. Make sure you are prepared and don’t run out of stock of any important medication.

“Keep your medicine cabinet stocked, even if you aren’t on regular prescriptions, having painkillers and plasters to hand is always useful.”

Select Here| to view the Pharmacy Easter Opening Hours in Cumbria.

Medicine cabinet essentials include:

  • painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including version for children, to be used for minor aches, pains (e.g. headaches and menstrual pain) and flu symptoms
  • over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies
  • oral rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets for diarrhoea
  • antacid tablets or liquid for Indigestion, stomach ache, heartburn, trapped wind
  • plasters
  • bandages
  • antiseptic cream
Posted on Wednesday 5th April 2017


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