Medics advise patients to prepare for Easter

PUBLISHED: 13:17 28 March 2018

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GP surgery closures and limited access to pharmacies means patients should stock up with any medication they need ahead of Easter, according to health experts.

North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants people to plan for any expected health needs to ensure they do not run short of any supplies during the four-day bank holiday weekend.

A CCG spokesman believes it is prudent to plan ahead.

They said: “Many GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed or operating at reduced hours during the bank holiday weekend, meaning it is important repeat prescriptions are collected well in advance and home medicine cabinets are stocked up with the basics needed to treat minor ailments and illnesses.”

Dr Lesley Ward, Urgent Care Lead for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups and local GP, said: “With Easter fast approaching it is important the public are as prepared as they can be.

“In the run up to the bank holiday speak to your local pharmacist.

“They are your healthcare experts on the high street and can advise on the basic over the counter medicines which can 
help treat minor conditions at home.”

Minor injuries units, walk-in centres, out-of-hours GPs and emergency pharmacists will all be available over the Easter weekend, meaning A&E staff can treat those with a serious or life-threatening condition.

However, Weston General Hospital’s temporary overnight A&E closure will remain in force, so patients will have to travel to Bristol for emergency care between 10pm-8am as has been the case since July.

Dr Ward added: “There are a number of services available to everyone over the bank holiday.

“If you are unsure which service meets your needs, NHS 111 offers professional advice and guidance and is open 24 hours a day.”

A service finder app for mobile phones offers on-the-go information about accessing healthcare in your community.

The CCG has a breakdown of local health services available, which can be viewed online at www.northsomersetccg.nhs.uk/your-health-local-services/

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