People urged to ‘plan ahead’ for health needs

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 March 2015


NHS leaders are urging people to plan ahead for any routine healthcare needs over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Due to some GP practices and pharmacies closing over the long weekend, people are encouraged to book routine appointments and collect repeat prescriptions while services are still open.

Dr Mary Backhouse, chief clinical officer of North Somerset CCG, said: “Easter is traditionally a busy time for the NHS and this year is unlikely to be an exception so it’s important we do all we can to reduce pressure on emergency services.

“Unfortunately it’s often the case that people need urgent help over the bank holiday because they’ve run out of routine medication or didn’t seek help for a minor illness in good time.

“So our message is to plan ahead by speaking to your GP and pharmacist now to make sure you enjoy a healthy, trouble-free weekend.”

People aged more than 60 years old are particularly being urged to seek help for any minor illness such as a sore throat, cold or cough which could become more serious if left untreated.

Richard Brown, Avon local pharmaceutical committee chief officer, said: “When you’re a bit older, minor ailments like a cold or sore throat can become more serious and could lead to you being admitted to hospital for treatment.

“If you’re starting to feel under the weather, seek early advice to help you avoid becoming seriously ill. Your pharmacist can provide expert, confidential advice to help you prevent minor conditions from getting worse.”

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