Doctors in Blackburn with Darwen are urging local residents to plan ahead this Easter.
With minor ailments such as coughs and colds still common during Easter, NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health this month.
By knowing when their GP surgery is open, re-stocking their medicine cabinet and making sure they order any repeat prescriptions they need for themselves and those they look after ahead of Easter, people can ensure they make the most of the holiday weekend.
The four key steps that doctors recommend this Easter are:
1. Know when your GP surgery will be open
Your local doctor’s surgery may be closed for four days during the Easter weekend, from April 18 to April 21.
2. Use your local pharmacy
Your pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment or go to A&E. First aid treatments for minor accidents such as plasters and antiseptic creams can also be obtained from the pharmacy.
To find your nearest local pharmacy, visit www.nhs.uk/service-search or text ‘pharmacy’ to 64746.
3. Restock your medicine cabinet
A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
4. Make sure you have enough repeat prescription
If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.
If you require help and advice for a non 999 emergency you can also call NHS 111. This is a free service, available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It offers help and advice for when it’s not a 999 emergency such as:
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
A fully trained adviser, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics, will be able to provide any advice you need or direct you to the local service that can best help you.
Click below to check the Easter opening hours for your local pharmacy.