People across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being encouraged to get prepared for the Easter bank holiday and make sure they have sufficient stock of any prescription medicine they might need.
As many GP surgeries will not be open from Good Friday (3 April) to bank holiday Monday (6 April), it is important that those who make use of repeat prescriptions check now to ensure that their supply will last until at least Tuesday 7 April.
Professor Mayur Lakhani, a Leicestershire GP speaking on behalf of the CCGs, said: “It is important that people check all their medications to make sure that they have a reasonable supply which will last over the bank holiday period. It is likely that Tuesday 7 April will be a busy day for GP surgeries following the holiday break, so I urge everyone to make sure that they have enough medication to last them until towards the end of the week.”
It is also recommended that people keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet so they can deal with any minor injuries and illnesses that occur in the holiday period, or to visit their local pharmacist for advice about the right treatment.
Professor Lakhani continued: “Encouraging self-care is extremely important, as it allows people to take control of their own health and wellbeing. This includes taking responsibility for their medications, as well as treating their own minor illnesses using over the counter medicines when appropriate. I urge people to stay away from A&E, unless it really is a life-threatening accident or emergency. By choosing self-care or using one of the other services available, people will be able to get the right treatment at the right time and allow medical staff in A&E to concentrate on treating patients who are seriously ill or injured.”
Out of hours services will be available for those with an urgent need to see their GP as well as urgent care centres, which can treat minor burns, cuts and wounds, infections and rashes, as well as stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea, and health advice is also available by calling NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day.