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Don’t be caught out by the early Easter holiday
Doctors across Shropshire are reminding people not to be caught out by the early Easter holiday when most GP surgeries are closed.
In particular they should:
- Make sure they have enough of their usual prescription medicines
- Stock up on over-the-counter remedies and First Aid items from your local pharmacy
- Know which services are available even if your GP surgery is shut
Dr Julian Povey, Clinical Chair of Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“During Bank Holidays we tend to see an increase in calls to our out-of-hours GP service from people who have simply forgotten to re-order prescription medicines such as asthma inhalers. It’s not a good use of this valuable service and can cause delays for someone who really needs to see a GP.
He added “A quick visit to your local pharmacy now can also ensure you are well-equipped to deal with a range of conditions like colds and flu, indigestion, back pain, coughs, headaches and migraines and skin complaints such as dermatitis. You can also stock up on items to treat minor injuries.”
There are a number of health services available to help you stay well over the Easter Bank Holiday:
- There is a holiday pharmacy rota operating in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, which can viewed here - AFA_6195_Pharmacy Opening Times Easter 2017 - Shropshire & Telford 1b_digital.pdf [pdf] 27KB
- Patients can also call the out-of-hours GP service, Shropdoc, when their own surgery is closed on 0333 222 66 55.
- Help and advice is available 24-hours-a-day by ringing NHS 111 (just dial 111) for free.
- Bank Holiday MIU opening times can be found at http://www.shropscommunityhealth.nhs.uk/