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Be health ready this Easter

Members of the public, especially people with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, are being asked to plan for the Easter holiday break.

There is a spike in demand on NHS services during the Easter holiday and by following some simple tips, you’ll get the right treatment from the right people:

• Choose the right service:  Use the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk 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 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. 

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

Go to www.nhs.uk/staywellpharmacy for your nearest NHS pharmacy opening hours

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