Be prepared this Easter

Find out which services are available over the Bank holiday

A NHS campaign is urging people to take early action if they start to feel unwell this Easter. 

The message to ‘be prepared and stay well’ over the holiday period encourages people most at risk, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the Easter holiday period and to know what to do if they get ill.

This includes seeking advice from a pharmacist as soon as possible and before any illness gets more serious, and ordering prescriptions in advance.

Simple steps can be taken to stay well over the Easter period and reduce the chance of serious illness.

Pharmacies offer convenient, expert advice to people who have the first signs of illness.

Find out which pharmacies are open near you here.

If you feel your illness is more urgent and need advice about where to go for medical treatment, then you should call NHS 111 – advice is available 24/7.

Please order you prescription medicines in advance and make sure you are stocked up for the holiday period.

The ‘be prepared’ call comes at a time when the NHS has faced increased, sustained pressure and unprecedented demand following severe cold weather. There is also a spike in demand on NHS services during the Easter holiday.

Norovirus is continuing to affect NHS trust sites across the region. The virus, which usually starts with a sense of ‘feeling sick’ followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious. Anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should stay away from hospital sites, unless their visit is absolutely necessary.

If you or someone close to you has norovirus please do not go into hospital unless it is absolutely critical. Norovirus cannot be treated and is easy to spread to other patients, their families and our staff.

If you care for children, the child health app is free to download and offers a wealth of advice and support.

General practices will be offering services over the holiday period but you can help ease pressure at a busy time by choosing which service you use wisely.

For many ailments such as coughs and colds, people don’t need to go to A&E or their local GP practice and are better off taking some paracetamol, drinking plenty of fluids and resting.

See: www.nhs.uk/staywellpharmacy for your nearest NHS pharmacy opening hours.

Top tips to ‘Stay Well’ this Easter:

Choose the right service: Use the NHS Choices website for health advice and information about where to go to get the right treatment.

Order your prescriptions: make sure you order these before the Easter holiday.

See your local pharmacist – your pharmacist can advise on a wide range of common illnesses. If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, get immediate help from your pharmacist before it becomes more serious.

If you need medical help fast, but it’s not life-threatening or an emergency, call NHS 111 at any time for advice.

Self-care: For many winter ailments such as coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms, people don’t need to go to A&E or their local GP practice and are better off taking some paracetamol, drinking plenty of fluids and resting.

Stock up your medicine cabinet – make sure you have the essentials. 

Avoid slips and trips: take care in and out of the house: use footwear with slip-resistant soles.

The child health app is free to download and offers a wealth of advice and support: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fAEJsRrKQg&feature=youtu.be

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