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