As people make plans for the August bank holiday weekend, the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are encouraging people to be prepared in case of any minor accidents or ailments.
GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday Monday (26 August) but there are several other ways for you to access medical help during this time, if you need it.
Being aware of how to treat minor ailments such as burns, cuts and coughs, and ensuring you have all the supplies to do so, means you can get back to enjoying the bank holiday quicker.
Dr Rowan Sil, local GP said: “One of the best ways to take care of yourself and your family this bank holiday weekend is to make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked for minor illnesses and conditions such as coughs, colds, sore throats. As GP practices won’t be open on the Monday, self care is the best way to deal with many common health concerns you may have over the long weekend.
“If you need further help for anything that is not urgent, call NHS 111 or visit your local pharmacy. Both of these services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.”
Most pharmacies have consultation rooms where the pharmacist can advise you on self care treatments and give you advice on your medication. Pharmacists can also advise you check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, amongst many other things.
You can find the pharmacy opening times for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland here: www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk/help-us-help-you
If in doubt, you can call NHS111 free from landlines and mobile phones. A highly trained adviser will assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can also visit 111.nhs.uk to get medical advice on where and when to get help.