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Order prescriptions now for bank holiday health

The NHS in Nottingham is reminding people who take regular medication to check their supplies and order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time for the August bank holiday. 

GP surgeries will be closed on bank holiday Monday and many pharmacies will be operating reduced opening hours.

“If you know you’ll need to take medication over the bank holiday weekend take a moment now to plan ahead to make sure you have time to get your prescriptions and medication,” said Hugh Porter, Clinical Chair of NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a GP at Cripps Health Centre. “A little forward planning now could save a great deal of inconvenience and help make sure everyone has a relaxing break.”

If you do need medical help or advice over the bank holiday weekend there are a number of places that can help:

If you need help fast but don’t think it’s a 999 emergency, you can call 111. The service is available to residents of Nottingham 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones.

If you have a minor illness or injury you can go to an NHS walk-in centre at London Road or on Upper Parliament Street.

If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your pharmacist for on-the-spot advice and remedies for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds. Details of Nottingham City pharmacies open on bank holiday Monday can be found on the CCG’s website at www.bit.ly/bank_hol_pharmacies.

Information is also available online via NHS Choices – here you will find a wide range of online health and symptom checkers at www.nhs.uk.

If you think you need to see a GP out-of-hours, telephone 111. The 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse during evenings and weekends if needed.

You should only call 999 or visit the Emergency Department (A&E) in an emergency. This includes a serious injury or life-threatening problem such as loss of consciousness, severe breathing difficulty, heavy bleeding, severe chest pain, suspected broken bones, deep wounds (e.g. stab wounds), swallowing something harmful or poisonous or a drug overdose.

Published: 18 August 2015