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Order your repeat prescriptions in good time and ‘Think!’ when accessing healthcare services, urge local doctors

Order your repeat prescriptions in good time and ‘Think!’ when accessing healthcare services, urge local doctors

Doc­tors across East Lan­cashire, Black­burn and Dar­wen are urg­ing local res­i­dents to make sure they have all their med­ica­tion in time for the bank hol­i­day on Mon­day, and Think!’ if they need to access health­care services.

Dur­ing pub­lic hol­i­days phar­ma­cies and GP surg­eries often oper­ate under reduced staff and open­ing hours mean­ing it is advis­able to ensure you have any­thing you might need prior to the start of the holiday.

Dr Mike Ions, a local GP and East Lan­cashire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group’s (CCG) Chief Clin­i­cal Offi­cer, said: “My advice is to check your med­ica­tion is up to date and if nec­es­sary con­tact your GP for a repeat pre­scrip­tion or for a check-up. Peo­ple with long-term con­di­tions like asthma, heart con­di­tions and dia­betes should col­lect any repeat pre­scrip­tions they might need in plenty of time.

I would also urge peo­ple to check they have med­ica­tion at home to deal with minor injuries and com­mon ail­ments like coughs, sneezes, colds and upset stom­achs Every home should have a basic med­i­cine cab­i­net stocked with:

  •  Paracetamol
  • Ibupro­fen
  • Cough med­i­cine
  • An antacid for indigestion
  • Throat lozenges
  • Plasters/Bandages for any cuts or scrapes”

At the same time, the hol­i­days are always a busy period for our county’s acci­dent and emer­gency depart­ments and ambu­lances ser­vices and we would urge peo­ple to think twice before attend­ing or call­ing 999,  it may be that there is a bet­ter option to get you the care you needed faster and more efficiently.

Dr Chris Clay­ton, Clin­i­cal Chief Offi­cer at NHS Black­burn with Dar­wen CCG added: “We want every­one to be safe, healthy and happy over the sum­mer, includ­ing over the bank hol­i­day. By look­ing after your­self, your fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours prop­erly, you can help the NHS help those who need med­ical treat­ment get the treat­ment they need.

We would always rec­om­mend peo­ple make every effort to care for them­selves in their own home where they can, and it’s impor­tant they have the infor­ma­tion they need to be able to choose the most appro­pri­ate health service.”

By fol­low­ing the Think! advice (below) peo­ple can also make sure they get the right treat­ment from the most appro­pri­ate NHS service.

  • Self care – for treat­ment of minor ill­nesses, ail­ments and injuries. A range of com­mon ill­nesses and com­plaints such as coughs, colds, diar­rhoea and sick­ness can nor­mally be treated with a well-stocked med­i­cine cab­i­net and plenty of rest.

  • Phar­macy  Your phar­macy will give you advice on most minor ill­nesses and you can buy over-the-counter reme­dies to relieve your symptoms.

  • GP Surgery – Your local fam­ily doc­tor (GP) is the main point of con­tact for you and your family’s gen­eral health care. Order your repeat pre­scrip­tions in good time to ensure you have all your med­ica­tion over the bank holiday.

  • GP Out of Hours Ser­vice  For GP advice or appoint­ments which won’t wait until your surgery is open, call 111 

  • Minor Injuries Units  Minor injuries units deal with prob­lems such as sus­pected frac­tures, cuts, bruises, minor eye prob­lems, burns, scalds and sprains. If you need advice on the best place to go to treat your ill­ness, call 111. 

  • Urgent Care Cen­tres  Urgent Care Cen­tres are for seri­ous con­di­tions such as sus­pected bro­ken bones or breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties which need imme­di­ate care but are not life threat­en­ing. 

  • Acci­dent and Emergency/999  Call­ing 999 or going to A & E is for peo­ple who are seri­ously ill or whose life is in danger.