If you are not feeling well over Easter, please take some time to think about where you should go for help.
Many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets can be treated without going to GPs or local hospitals. Pharmacists often provide the appropriate help or advice you need so you can enjoy your Easter break with your family.
There are a number of steps you can take to use services wisely during the Easter holidays.
Take control of your health and make sure you have a fully stocked medicine cabinet to help you deal with any unexpected illness.
Make sure you have the essentials in your first aid kit.
If you care for children, the child health app is free to download and offers a wealth of advice and support.
Choose the right service
Use the NHS Choices website for health advice and information about where to go to get the right treatment.
The list of which pharmacies are open over the Easter break can be found here
Search nhs.uk/staywellpharmacy for more information and to help you find your nearest NHS pharmacy and opening hours.
Using your pharmacy takes pressure of A & E and frees up staff for real emergencies.
If you know you need a prescription over the Easter period – don’t forget to ask for one before your GP surgery closes on Good Friday.
If you need a GP appointment over Easter call NHS 111 to arrange a local GP appointment or to be directed to the most appropriate service.
A minor injury is a sprain, strain, wound infection, minor head or eye injury or insect or animal bite.
Please dial NHS 111 to speak to highly trained advisors, supported by healthcare professionals, who will assess your symptoms and direct you to the best care.
Accident and Emergency
In a life-threatening emergency visit A&E or call 999.
If you have an urgent health need, but are not sure if you need A&E, call NHS 111.
The way you use your NHS matters – using it wisely means we can develop and invest in local services to make your NHS fit for the future.