There is a range of NHS services available to make sure you get the right treatment at the right time throughout the upcoming May bank holiday weekend.
People can access a variety of treatment and care by making sure they ‘choose well’ and use services such as their local community pharmacist or NHS 111.
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 closed
Dr Paddy Hannigan, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is important that local people know where to go if they are unwell, so that they can receive the best possible treatment in the quickest time for their condition.
“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.
“We want people to enjoy their long weekend but we want them to ensure they are prepared to be able to deal with any minor aliments or illnesses. By knowing more about the different health services available and what they offer, you can get yourself and your family the right treatment much faster.
“Local pharmacists can also provide free health advice and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines.”
There is a holiday pharmacy rota operating in Staffordshire. Details of pharmacy opening hours and other local health services are available from the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk
Help and advice is available 24-hours-a-day by ringing NHS 111 (just dial 111) for free.