Patients are being urged to be ready for Easter by planning ahead for repeat prescriptions and using NHS services wisely.
GP surgeries will be closed during the Easter weekend from Friday 3 April to Monday 6 April. Patients can prepare to make the most of their Easter break by remembering to order any repeat prescriptions in good time before the holidays, making sure their medicine cabinets at home have what they need, and checking when their GP surgery is open.
Dr Andrew Mott, Lead GP for Prescribing for Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.
“Making sure you have the right medicines in the first place could make all the difference when it comes to keeping well this Easter.
“For those with long-term health problems taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospitalisation if medical supplies run out.
“The Easter holiday period can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.
“If you become unwell over Easter and need advice or medical treatment quickly, then you should call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“By calling NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed immediately to the local service that best meets your needs.
“Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and off-the-shelf remedies so check your medicine cabinet at home has what you might need."
Patients are advised to check the planned opening hours for the GP surgery they are registered to.
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.
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, 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 Easter opening times visit www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/pharmacies/