People in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are being encouraged to enjoy a healthy Easter by preparing ahead for the holiday period. NHS Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups are advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.
By making sure they know when their GP surgery is open, have a supply of their repeat prescriptions medicines and over the counter remedies, people can ensure they make the most of the long Easter holiday weekend.
This year many GP surgeries will close for four days from Good Friday (30 March) through to Easter Monday (2 April), before re-opening on Tuesday 3 April.
Dr Steve Fawcett, Medical Director for the two CCGs said: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for our health services. We want to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure minor illness doesn’t ruin their Easter.
“Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes. It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time.
“Over bank holiday periods we frequently get calls from people who haven’t ordered their repeat prescriptions in time. This puts unnecessary pressure on out of hours services and can be avoided by ordering in good time.”
For more information about accessing health services go to www.stokeccg.nhs.uk or www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk or NHS Choices website - www.nhs.uk or if you need advice or medical treatment call NHS 111 available 24/7 every day of the year.