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A long weekend to remember - for the right reasons!

Easter is approaching and we’re sure you would rather this is a long weekend is one to remember for all the right reasons.
If you are planning a trip out with the family, be prepared for blisters, cuts, rashes and stings by taking a small first aid kit with you.

A well-stocked medicine cabinet at home can also help you take minor illnesses or mishaps in your stride. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated and if you’re not sure what you need, your local pharmacy will be able to advise you or you can get advice online.

If you need to take regular medication, make sure you have enough to tide you over the long weekend. If you think you’re likely to run out, make sure you get a new prescription before Good Friday (March 25).
If things don’t go to plan during the long weekend, there are a number of local services that can help if you or a member of your family needs advice or treatment.

You can find out which local pharmacies are open over the Bank Holiday by clicking here.

Dr Rakesh Pathak, local GP and member of North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) explained:

“If you are on repeat medication then we strongly recommend you plan ahead and make sure you have enough medication to last when your GP surgery may be closed. Don’t use A&E as a back-up pharmacy, order enough to see you through the Easter Holidays.”

“If you do need to contact medical services over the long weekend remember, in most instances people really don’t need A&E or 999. Simply calling the Single Point of Access on 01472 256 256 will give you access to confidential advice and information over the telephone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

“If you are ill and have any questions about your health or if you need to see a GP over the bank holiday weekend then ring 01472 256 256. You will get through to a fully trained call adviser, who is supported by experienced clinicians. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the right local service.

“Alternatively, you can pop to your local pharmacy for confidential and expert advice on common health conditions such as a cold or upset stomach. This helps the local NHS keep emergency services free for those that need them the most.

“Look after yourself. You can often self-treat many minor illnesses and injuries at home by keeping your medicine cabinet and first aid kit well-stocked with medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen. Most simple ailments will begin to get better within a couple of days.”

For more information on alternatives to A&E visit http://www.northeastlincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health-wellbeing/choosewell/

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