Choosing the right place for treatment if you are unwell or injured could help you to still enjoy the bank holidays ahead. Being prepared can help you deal with any unexpected health problems that could alter and spoil your plans, by having a well-stocked medicine cabinet and first aid kit and knowing when and where to seek help.
To help you treat your minor ailments and manage any long term conditions you need to make sure you have the medicine you need. If you’re not sure what you need to take control of your health and practise self-care, your local pharmacy will be able to advise you or you can get advice on basic medicines online at NHS Choices http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/pharmacy/pages/yourmedicinecabinet.aspx
If you take regular medication, please make sure you have enough to see you through the holiday period. If you think you’re likely to run out, make sure you order a repeat prescription. You can find out which local pharmacies are open over the Bank Holidays by clicking here. May Bank Holidays Pharmacy Opening Times
Things may not go to plan, but no need to worry as there are a number of local services that can help if you or a family member needs advice or treatment. Dr Margaret Sanderson, local GP and Chair of the North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explained:
“As GPs will be closed, people in North Lincolnshire must be prepared and make sure they have what they need in terms of medicine for long term conditions and if they are feeling unwell to take expert advice from a local pharmacist and learn the importance of practising self-care at home for minor ailments.”
She added, “If people are suffering with an injury or illness that requires urgent care and treatment but it’s not an emergency then help is still available at any time of the day, over the bank holiday weekends via NHS 111 where a fully trained professional will assess your symptoms and provide the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the appropriate local service.”
You can self-treat many minor illnesses and injuries at home by keeping your medicine cabinet and first aid kit well-stocked with medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen and you should start to feel better within a couple of days.
For more information on alternatives to A&E and how you can choose well and ease the pressure on the NHS emergency services visit http://www.northlincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health/choosewell/