Choose Well This Easter
Clinicians are urging everyone stock up their medicine cabinets
in time for the Easter break, and choose their health services
GP practices and pharmacies work together to provide services on
a rota over public holiday time ensuring the public can still
This does mean that your nearest pharmacy or GP surgery could be
closed throughout the Easter weekend, so people are being
encouraged to make sure they have enough medication at home to deal
with minor injuries and common ailments like coughs, sneezes and
People with long-term conditions are also being urged to make
sure they collect repeat prescriptions in good time and - as always
- think twice before going to A&E.
Paul Johnstone, director for public health for NHS North of
England, said:"Prevention is always better than cure, so by making
sure you have everything you need ahead of the Easter period you
will give yourself the best chance of staying out of hospital.
"There are a number of different things people can do to manage
whatever condition they may be living with. For example, making
sure you collect your repeat prescription in good time will mean
you're well be equipped for the Easter break.
"If you need to use NHS services, by looking at the sort of
services which are on offer you can choose the most appropriate
place for you, this will help you get the sort of care you need and
also help to alleviate pressure on A&E services.
"If you do feel unwell there are lots of things you can do to
treat your symptoms at home. Stocking up on medicine cabinet
essentials like plasters, antiseptic cream, paracetamol and
indigestion remedies will ensure you're prepared to treat minor
illnesses and injuries.
"Whilst shopping for Easter treats why not call in at your local
pharmacy and pick up a few extras - your pharmacist will be able to
advise you on what you need."
By following the 'Choose Well' advice (below) people can also
make sure they get the right treatment from the most appropriate
- Hangover, sore throat or cough? Self Care.
Very minor illnesses and injuries can be easily treated at home
using medicine cabinet essentials like plasters, bandages,
antiseptic creams and over-the-counter medicines such as
paracetamol and cough medicine.
- Diarrhoea, runny nose, painful cough or headache? Visit
your local pharmacy. Your local pharmacist is a highly
trained healthcare professional and can give you the advice and
medicines you need to treat yourself when you have a common health
problem which does not require attention from a doctor or
- Vomiting, ear pain, stomach ache or back ache? See your
doctor. Make an appointment with your
local GP when you have an illness or injury that will not go
- Cuts, rashes or strains? Visit an NHS walk-in
centre or minor injuries unit. If you
need medical treatment or advice which does not need a visit to
A&E, an NHS walk-in centre or minor injuries unit is the best
choice. You do not need to make an appointment and you will be seen
by an experienced nurse.
- Choking, chest pain, severe bleeding or blacking out?
Go to A&E or call 999. If you need immediate emergency
care for serious illness or life-threatening situations go to
A&E or call 999.
- Unwell or unsure? Call NHS Direct. If you are
unsure or have any questions, call 0845 4647 or log on to www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk