While the summer bank holiday is a welcome time for most of us, it also means some health services can be closed. The East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to visit their local pharmacy to stock up on over-the-counter medicines and collect any prescriptions so that they are prepared if they fall unwell.
Dr Anne Jeffreys, local GP and CCG Clinical Chairperson said,
“Many minor illnesses and injuries can often be treated at home using shop bought medicines. By keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet and first aid kit you are prepared to look after yourself and your family. Most simple ailments will begin to get better within a couple of days.
“If you are on repeat medication, I would strongly recommend you plan ahead and make sure you have enough medication to last whilst your GP practice is closed.
“Pharmacists are a highly trained and trusted source of health advice and able to offer quick, early advice if you are feeling under the weather. They can also provide some medicines usually only available on prescription, saving a trip to the doctor.
“If you are unfortunate enough to have an urgent injury or illness over the holidays then your nearest Urgent Treatment Centre can provide you with an assessment, advice and treatment where clinically appropriate. You do not need an appointment to attend an Urgent Treatment Centre.
“Routine GP appointments are available on the bank holiday Monday from 8:30am to 12:30pm through our Improving Access service. These appointments must be booked in advance through your own GP Practice.
“If you are unsure where to go then please call NHS 111 free, 24 hours a day where a fully trained advisor will advise you on the best course of action.”
More information on where to go when you are ill or injured is on the CCG website: www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/choose-well.
You can also find the bank holiday opening times of pharmacies in the East Riding here: www.eastridingofyorkshireccg.nhs.uk/holiday-opening/pharmacy-opening-times-hol.