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26 March 2018
Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG) are reminding patients that pharmacies can help with a wide range of minor ailments and many will be open over the four-day Easter weekend.
High street pharmacists offer advice and medication for a wide range of common illnesses without the need to book a GP appointment. So, BCCG and LCCG are reminding patients that visiting the pharmacy can aid a speedy recovery when your local doctor’s surgery is closed.
Fiona Garnett, Head of Medicines Management for BCCG said, “Pharmacists are a great place to start if you’re feeling unwell over the bank holiday weekend. They can provide expert help with a wide range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as back pain, sore throats, upset stomach or skin rashes.
If you’re not sure what medicine is most suited for your ailment, your local pharmacist can advise you. They have a large range of medication available and can help people stock their medicine cabinet at home to treat minor illnesses."
Richard Jones, Head of Medicines Optimisation for LCCG added, “Nobody wants to run out of their medications and need hospital treatment when they could be enjoying time with family and friends, so it’s important to order prescription medication you may need before the bank holiday, so that you do not run out.
But if you are in a situation where you don’t have enough medication and your surgery is closed then your local pharmacist can also issue an emergency supply of most prescribed medication that is immediately necessary.”
Pharmacists can also review your regular medication. To check what time your local pharmacy in Bedfordshire is open over the bank holiday weekend visit www.bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk/easterpharmacy2018 and for opening times in Luton visit www.lutonccg.nhs.uk/easterpharmacy2018 .
If you are unsure what medical service is most suitable for you over Easter weekend, call NHS111.