The countdown to August bank holiday has begun – so health leaders are reminding patients to check they have the medicines they need for the long weekend.
GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 31 August so people should check opening times for local pharmacies and the practice they are registered to. Anyone who has medicine on a repeat prescription should also check they have what they need.
Joanne Stanney, Head of Medicines Management for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s worth checking you have the medicines you might need – both prescription and over-the-counter.
“We don’t want anyone to run out of a vital medicine and we want to make sure NHS services that are open are kept free for patients who really need them for emergency care.
“Anyone who becomes unwell over the bank holiday can call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“They will give advice and immediately direct patients to the local service that best meets their needs.”
Pharmacists can help with expert advice on how to look after yourself and advice on the safe supply and use of medicines. They can also help with a wide range of minor medical issues including; coughs/colds, aches/pains, stomach upsets, bites or stings, conjunctivitis, earache, emergency contraception, diarrhoea, and high temperature.
People can talk to a pharmacist in confidence and no appointment is needed. They can also 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/
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, in Osmaston Road, is open 8am to 8pm all year and can help with sprains, strains, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, infections and severe sore throats.