Patients urged to prepare for bank holiday weekend


People are being urged to be bank holiday ready this weekend by preparing medicines they need and using NHS services wisely – particularly in light of the junior doctors’ strike.

GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 2 May so medical leaders are advising people to make sure they have their repeat prescriptions, know their local pharmacy and GP surgery opening times, and medicine cabinets have what might be needed.

Steve Hulme, Director of Medicines Management for NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Making sure you have the medicines you need can make all the difference in keeping you well and helping you to enjoy your bank holiday without incident.

Bank holidays can be a very busy time for the local NHS and coming so soon after the junior doctors’ strike it is key that you know where services are on offer and how to access them.

“This will help busy accident and emergency departments so they can deal with life-threatening emergencies.

“If you become unwell over the long weekend and need advice or medical treatment quickly you should call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“You will be assessed, given advice and directed immediately to the local service that best meets your needs.

“Illnesses like colds can often be effectively treated at home so check your medicine cabinet at home has what you might need and if you need advice speak to your local pharmacist."

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.

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 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 opening times visit  and for tipson what you might need in your medicine cabinet visit

Published: 03/05/2016