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Keep your bounce this Spring bank hol - prep your medicines

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Leading health professionals are reminding people to pick up repeat prescriptions and buy essential medicines to stay fit and well over the spring bank holiday weekend.

GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 30 May so people are advised to make sure in advance that they have the medicines they need and know their local pharmacy planned opening times.

Steve Hulme, Director of Medicines Management, Clinical Policies & Pharmacy for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We want people to enjoy this bank holiday without worrying about running out of medicines that are vital to their health, which they receive on repeat prescription.

“Prescriptions often have a quick turnaround but we’d advise making sure you have yours refilled early on in the week before the bank holiday so you’re not giving yourself any cause for concern.

“Minor illnesses, such as colds, can often be treated effectively at home so check your medicine cabinet has what you might need or check what your local pharmacist recommends you should have in."

Dr Andrew Mott, Lead GP for Prescribing for Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Bank holidays are a very busy time for the local NHS – as they are for many


other public bodies and businesses – so we want to make sure people are prepared and keep the health services that are open free to cope with life-threatening, emergency cases.

“Check the out of hours arrangements for the GP surgery you are registered to.

“If you become unwell over the long weekend and need advice or medical treatment quickly you can call NHS 111, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to get assessed, and be directed to the local service which can best help you.”

Minor injury units can be found at Buxton Hospital, Ilkeston Community Hospital, Ripley Hospital and Whitworth Hospital, Darley Dale. All are open 8am to 10pm.

Derby Urgent Care Centre (DUCC) in Osmaston Road is open every day between 8am and 8pm and can treat sprains, strains, minor burns, minor head and eye injuries, infections, rashes and most common injuries and illnesses that are urgent, but not life-threatening.

Pharmacists can help with expert advice and supply you with over-the-counter medicines for a wide range of illnesses including; coughs/colds, aches/pains, stomach upsets, bites or stings, conjunctivitis, earache, emergency contraception, diarrhoea, temperature.

People can talk to a pharmacist in confidence and no appointment is needed. A pharmacist can help you decide if you need to see a doctor.

To find out about pharmacy opening times visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/pharmacies/  and for tips on what you might need in your medicine cabinet visit http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx%20

Keep your bounce this Spring bank hol - Prep your medicines