When I say Easter, you say…

If you’re now distracted thinking about foil-wrapped eggs, chocolatey goodness and spending time with loved ones, then you are horribly misguided. Just kidding!

We know it’s easy for health to slip your mind, so we’re here to help get you prepared for the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

CHECK OPEN HOURS

Some GP surgeries will be closed, including on Easter Monday, but don’t panic. Hours vary from practice to practice so check your GP’s opening times online – just in case you need them.

If you need to see a doctor but can’t get to your local practice, call 111 and if appropriate, the advisor will be able to schedule you an appointment with a GP – it may not be your usual one –  at a local venue. 111 is free to call at all times.

Did you know there are over 150 pharmacies in Dorset? Some of them will be open late and over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. Check out the NHS Choices site for pharmacies near you. Simple.

STOCK UP EARLY

Can’t remember what medical supplies you have at home? Don’t worry, there’s still time to hatch a plan (pun intended) to make sure you have everything you need.

Medicine cabinet essentials include:

  • Antacid tablets or liquid for indigestion, stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind.
  • Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol for minor aches, pains and flu symptoms.
  • Over-the-counter cough, cold and flu remedies.
  • Oral rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets.
  • Plasters, bandages and antiseptic cream.

If you need further advice, your pharmacist can help you out.

COLLECT PRESCRIPTION MEDS

If you receive regular prescription medicines, the last thing you want to do is run out. Make sure you’ve got enough to last over any periods of closure and give your pharmacy at least 48 hours to get your prescription ready.

Sorted? Now give your friends and family a gentle nudge to do the same.

HELP! (“I need somebody…”)

We understand that despite best efforts, people fall ill.

Bank holidays tend to put extra pressure on NHS services. A&E is likely to be double busy so try to avoid a visit, unless of course it’s life-threatening. If it isn’t (I’m talking sprains, broken bones, minor burns, skin infections etc.) then consider using your local urgent care service instead of A&E.

Remember, you don’t need an appointment at pharmacies. Hallelujah! Just walk in and get clinical advice for minor health concerns. There’s more information about what your pharmacy can do for you on our services page.

Look after your mental health too. Go to www.kooth.com to discuss any problems and access online support. Dorset HealthCare also provides a range of services to help people through mental illness and towards recovery. Some will require a GP referral, but not all, so check it out.

If in doubt, give NHS 111 a call. A trained adviser will direct you to the most appropriate care for your needs.

Cracking stuff!