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Choose well this Easter Bank Holiday

This Easter Bank Holiday, North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging local people to think twice before they go to Accident and Emergency or dial 999. These services are for people with serious injuries, illnesses and emergencies only.

Throughout North East Lincolnshire there are a range of local healthcare services available for people to go to, without having to wait for an appointment, if they have a minor illness, ailment or injury

In most instances people don’t need A&E or 999, and accessing more suitable healthcare could result in being seen quicker. Calling the local health advice line on 01472 256222 makes it easier to access healthcare advice when medical help is needed fast, but it’s not a life-threatening situation. It is a free number, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dr Rakesh Pathak GP and Clinical Lead Unplanned Care, North East Lincolnshire CCG said: “First and foremost 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.

“If you are on repeat medication then I strongly recommend you think 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, plan ahead and order enough to see you through Easter Bank Holiday.

To find details of GP practices in your area visit www.nhs.uk. To access a GP out of hours call the local health advice line on 01472 256222.”

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