As preparations ramp up for the Jubilee bank holiday, Bassetlaw CCG is urging people to make sure they have enough of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early.
Many pharmacies are open over the Bank Holiday Weekend, but it pays to be prepared and order your prescriptions in advance so that GPs can sign them off in time and you don’t get caught short. It is also wise to get your medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials which you can find at your local pharmacists.
You can find your nearest pharmacy and their opening times here – https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy
Trained advisors at ‘111’ or online will also be able to offer advice on your health needs.
From treating a cold or food poisoning to burns and sports injuries there are a host of NHS services here to help over the bank holiday weekend. Many of these can be found via Bassetlaw (bassetlawccg.nhs.uk)
Dr Eric Kelly, chairman of Bassetlaw CCG, said: “Please remember to order your repeat prescriptions well ahead of the Jubilee Bank Holiday so you have all the medications you need to help manage any long-term conditions.
“Some pharmacies will be open over the bank holiday period, but some may be closed or will have changed their opening hours, so it pays to be prepared. Remember, the Jubilee Bank Holidays are on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June meaning many people have a four-day weekend.
“Pharmacists are also there for you for help with common ailments should you need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help you get the right medications for everyday illnesses.”
Dr Kelly added that it is also important to note that should you need urgent care over the Bank Holiday – but care that isn’t life threatening – then there are a range of health care services which can help.
“If you’re unsure which service is most appropriate, call 111 or visit 111 online. They can direct you to the best services for you,” he said.
“This will help people get the most appropriate care in the best setting and will mean that our fantastic teams in our A&E departments can focus on those who need their care the very most.”
If it’s a cold you are suffering from or you want some simple over-the-counter advice then pharmacies are open and can help treat the problem, there and then. You can find opening hours for your local pharmacy over the Bank Holiday Weekend here.
If it is an accident or emergency that is a threat to life then please call 999.