16 March 2016
Doctors across South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula are urging people not to be caught out by the early Easter holiday when their GP practices opening hours may be different.
In particular they should:
• Make sure they have enough of their usual prescription medicines
• Stock up on over-the-counter remedies and first aid items from your local pharmacy
• Know which services are available even if your GP surgery is shut
Dr John James, Chair of NHS South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “During Bank Holidays we tend to see an increase in calls to our out-of-hours GP service from people who have simply forgotten to re-order prescription medicines such as asthma inhalers. It’s not a good use of this valuable service and can cause delays for someone who really needs to see a GP.
“A quick visit to your local pharmacy now, can ensure you are well-equipped to deal with a range of minor illnesses and injuries. Your local pharmacist is well placed to give you professional advice.”
Help and advice is available 24-hours-a-day by ringing NHS 111 (just dial 111) for free.
For more information on opening times for services over Easter visit here
For opening hours of local pharmacies visit here