Visiting Cumbria this bank holiday weekend? 

Tourists who may become ill while on holiday in our county are being urged to use 111 online.

NHS services are very stretched, and if you are taken ill away from home it can be worrying trying to work out what to do. Bed and breakfast accommodation and campsites are being urged to ensure visitors who may need health services, use www.111.nhs.uk 

Helena Gregory web thumbnail.pngHelena Gregory, Pharmacy and Medicines Lead for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Patients with regular prescriptions should ensure that they have a supply of medication to last through the bank holiday weekend, and if they find that they need help or advice we know that contacting 111 can be the most effective way of getting the right support.

“It’s always useful to keep your medicine cabinet stocked, even if you aren’t on regular prescriptions, having painkillers and plasters to hand is always useful. If you do need more help contact 111 first and they may be able to direct you to the right help more quickly.”

111 online is a fast digital alternative to the telephone service. It is very easy to use, enter your details and answer some questions about your health problem then a trained professional will review the information and if needed will call you back.

Using the service means you should be given more specific advice which can save you spending time waiting to be seen.

Pharmacists are also experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions, minor ailments and common illnesses. The opening hours for pharmacies in north Cumbria over the bank holiday weekend can be found at: www.northcumbriaccg.nhs.uk/pharmacytimes