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Health leaders call to action in run up to Easter break

Health leaders in Greater Nottingham are urging people who use regular medication to make sure they order their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time for the Easter bank holidays. 

The call comes as health providers prepare for one of the busiest weekends of the year, with GPs concerned that people with long term health problems who don’t have sufficient supplies of their medication could end up in hospital. 

Dr Paramjit Panesar, Assistant Clinical Lead, NHS Nottingham North and East Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Along with Christmas, Easter is one of the busiest times of the year in hospitals and making sure you pick up your repeat prescription in plenty of time could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.

“Those who need regular medication should give themselves enough time to get what they need because forgetting or not taking your medication, even for a short period, could have serious repercussions.

“If you do get ill at Easter and need advice or medical treatment quickly (and it’s not an emergency) then you should call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By calling NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet your needs.”

Most GP practices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. There are a number of options if you need medical help over Easter including your local pharmacy, NHS 111 and the Urgent Care Centre on London Road in Nottingham.

For further information about your pharmacy opening times, visit www.nottinghamcity.nhs.uk/your-services/your-pharmacy-services/678-bh-pharmacy-opening-times.html

Options if you’re unwell over Easter

Self care

Common ailments such as colds, sore throats and coughs can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicines, such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. It’s important to make sure your medicine cabinet at home is well stocked and contains enough over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments.

Pharmacy

Pharmacists have a wealth of knowledge in how to treat minor illnesses and your local pharmacy may be able to help if you’re ill over Easter. They can advise on treating coughs, colds, earache, tooth ache and urinary infections like cystitis. They can also provide advice on contraception and smoking cessation and give information about prescriptions and over the counter medicines.

Urgent Care Centre

This Nottingham NHS Urgent Care centre is open every day of the year from 7am to 9pm. Just walk in; no appointment is needed. The address is Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA, which is near the BBC centre on the London Road Island.

NHS 111

If you need medical advice quickly, call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when you call NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed to the local service that can best meet your needs. An out-of-hours GP service is available for illnesses and injuries that cannot wait until after Easter.

In an emergency – call 999

If you or someone else has: loss of consciousness/ severe breathing difficulties/ heavy bleeding/ severe chest pains/ possible broken bones/ deep wounds/ stroke/ swallowed something harmful or poisonous/ taken a drug overdose then go to the Emergency Department at the QMC or call 999.

Remember the Emergency Department is for emergencies only!

Published: 21 March 2016