Choose well this Easter

Doctors in Blackpool are urging local residents to plan ahead this Easter.

With minor ailments such as coughs and colds still common during Easter, NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health this month.

By knowing when their GP surgery is open, re-stocking their medicine cabinet and making sure they order any repeat prescriptions they need for themselves and those they look after ahead of Easter, people can ensure they make the most of the holiday weekend.

Dr Amanda Doyle, Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “We are advising people to keep remedies for common ailments available, to make sure they have enough medication to see them through the holidays and to know when they can get an appointment at their GP surgery.”

The four key steps that doctors recommend this Easter are:

1.       Know when your GP surgery will be open

Your local doctor’s surgery may be closed for four days during the Easter weekend, from April 18 to April 21.

2.       Use your local pharmacy

Your pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment or go to A&E. First aid treatments for minor accidents such as plasters and antiseptic creams can also be obtained from the pharmacy.

To find your nearest local pharmacy, visit www.nhs.uk/service-search or text ‘pharmacy’ to 64746.

To check the Easter opening hours for your local pharmacy visit www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk/local-services/pharmacists.

3.       Restock your medicine cabinet

A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

4.       Make sure you have enough repeat prescription

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.

For patients with minor injuries or illnesses the Walk-In Centre on Whitegate Drive, offers consultation and assessment by experienced nursing staff. No appointment is necessary and the centre will be open from 8am until 8pm every day of the Easter period.

If you require help and advice for a non 999 emergency you can also call NHS 111. This is a free service, available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It offers help and advice for when it’s not a 999 emergency such as:

  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

A fully trained adviser, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics, will be able to provide any advice you need or direct you to the local service that can best help you.

 

Notes to editors:

  • NHS teams across Blackpool are backing the Choose Well campaign. Choose Well reinforces the message that emergency departments are only for real urgent care and other minor ailments or illnesses can be treated elsewhere. Your local high street pharmacy can help you deal with minor illnesses and complaints such as coughs, colds, flu, stomach upsets, aches and sprains. To find your local NHS services go to (www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk) and use the free service finder.

For more information please contact the media team at NHS Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit on 01772 214213 or email Jonathan Bridge at jonathan.bridge@lancashirecsu.nhs.uk.