People in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen are being encouraged to enjoy a healthy Easter by preparing ahead for the holiday period.
NHS East Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG are advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health. By making sure they know when their GP surgery is open and having a supply of over the counter remedies ready at home, people can ensure they make the most of the long Easter holiday weekend.
This year many GP surgeries across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen will close for four days from Good Friday (April 14) through Easter Monday (April 17), before re-opening on Tuesday 18 April.
However, urgent GP access is available from Out of Hours services through Easter on the same basis as any ordinary weekend or evening including on the Bank Holidays, access to these services are through 111.
Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer of the NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG, said: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for our health services. We want to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure minor illness doesn’t ruin their Easter. Being prepared by having enough medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes.
“It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time. Over bank holiday periods we frequently get calls from people who haven’t ordered their repeat prescriptions in time. This puts unnecessary pressure on out of hours services and can be avoided by ordering in good time.”
For more information you can go to NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk or if you need advice or medical treatment call NHS 111 available 24/7 every day of the year.