Ahead of the bank holiday this weekend, health chiefs at North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs are urging local residents to plan ahead by using NHS services appropriately and making sure their medicines cabinets are stocked up.
Health bosses in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want people to make the most of the bank holiday weekend, whilst also being prepared in case you do feel ill or have an accident during the long weekend.
There are a number of services available during the busy period including NHS 111 where you can access urgent GP advice.
There are a few simple steps you can make to make the most of your weekend: restock your medicines cabinet if needed, know when your GP surgery and local pharmacy is open and plan ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions.
Dr Steve Fawcett, Medical Director at the CCGs, said: “We want people to enjoy themselves this bank holiday but we also want to make sure people are well prepared with their medicine cabinets stocked up, just in case any accidents occur.
“If you or someone you care for requires medicine regularly, make sure you order your repeat prescriptions well in advance. Making sure you have the right medicines in the first place could make all of the difference when it comes to keeping well.”
Residents who need advice or treatment over the bank holiday weekend should call NHS 111. A fully trained advisor will listen to your symptoms, provide much needed advice and direct you to the local service which can best meet your needs. The helpline is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr Fawcett said: “It is also important to keep in mind Emergency Departments are traditionally very busy during the bank holiday weekend and this week is no different. We urge local residents to consider alternatives and only visit Emergency Departments if you have suffered a serious injury or illness.”
For free confidential expert advice, visit your local pharmacy by selecting the ‘services near you’ section on the NHS website.
A full list of bank holiday Monday opening times for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs can be found on the CCG website.