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Advice for patients to choose wisely during bank holiday weekend

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Advice for patients to choose wisely during bank holiday weekend

Posted on Tuesday 24th May 2016

The NHS is encouraging patients to choose right service level for what they require over the bank holiday weekend.

Patients are reminded that accident and emergency departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only and there are other care options available for less serious minor ailments and conditions.

Common ailments such as coughs and colds are best dealt with at home with rest and a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Patients with regular prescriptions should ensure that they have a supply of their required medication to last through the bank holiday weekend.

Patients are also encouraged to make any routine appointments with GPs in advance of the bank holiday weekend to ensure that they are booked in ahead of time to avoid any last minute issues at this potentially busy time.

Some pharmacies around the county will remain open over the bank holiday weekend, when other services may not be available.
Please Select Here  |for Pharmacy opening times in Cumbria over the bank holiday.

Pharmacists can provide quick access to health advice - they are highly trained, have a private room, and patients do not require appointments. Patients can also ask about symptoms confidentially to get the relevant advice.

Geoff Jolliffe, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group Interim Clinical Chair and GP Lead for Furness said:  

“The first priority is to keep safe and well. Accidents can cause a demand on services and stress to families, so be careful. Alcohol is always a risk at these times and a major cause of accidents, ill health and hospital admissions, so drink wisely.

“As well as Accident & Emergency, GP out-of-hours services will be under pressure, over the longer weekend. So think about whether you need a doctor for your complaint and if you do, is it urgent? Or could it reasonably wait? Could I use one of the other service options available.

“It’s also good advice to make sure that you are organised and have any routine appointments booked in, in plenty of time ahead of the bank holiday, to avoid any last minute panics and struggles to get appointments over this busy time.

As most GP surgeries will be closed on Monday we are encouraging patients to use pharmacists as a source of medical advice. They can offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“It is also wise to be stocked up on your
medicine cabinet essentials, even if you aren’t on regular prescriptions. Make sure you have some painkillers and plasters to hand in case they are needed. It’s better to have them in and not use them rather than have to hunt for them when you do.”

Patients can also call the NHS non-emergency number 111 if they need medical advice fast. This 24 hour service allows patients to speak to a highly trained advisor, supported by healthcare professionals.

The nhs.uk| website is another resource available for further advice and information.

Medicine cabinet essentials include:

  • painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including version for children, to be used for minor aches, pains (e.g. headaches and menstrual pain) and flu symptoms
  • over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies
  • oral rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets for diarrhoea
  • antacid tablets or liquid for Indigestion, stomach ache, heartburn, trapped win
  • plasters
  • bandages
  • antiseptic cream
Posted on Tuesday 24th May 2016


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