Health advice this bank holiday weekend

The NHS is encouraging patients in Cumbria to visit a pharmacist if they need quick access to health advice and treatment over the bank holiday weekend.


Some pharmacies around the county will remain open over the bank holiday weekend, when other services may not be available. Pharmacists can give advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them.


Select Here for Pharmacy opening times in Cumbria over the May bank holidays.

Geoff Jolliffe, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group Interim Clinical Chair and GP Lead for Furness said:

“The first priority is to keep safe and well. Accidents can cause a demand on services and stress to families, so be careful. Alcohol is always a risk at these times and a major cause of accidents, ill health and hospital admissions, so drink wisely.

 

“As well as Accident & Emergency, GP out-of-hours services will be under pressure, over the longer weekend. So think about whether you need a doctor for your complaint and if you do, is it urgent? Or could it reasonably wait?


“Common ailments such as coughs and colds are best dealt with at home with rest and a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

“As most GP surgeries will be closed on Monday we are encouraging patients to use pharmacists as a source of medical advice. They can offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems. They are highly trained, have a private room, and patients do not require appointments.

“It is also wise to be stocked up on your medicine cabinet essentials, even if you aren’t on regular prescriptions. Make sure you have some painkillers and plasters to hand in case they are needed. It’s better to have them in and not use them rather than have to hunt for them when you do.”


People in Cumbria can also call NHS 111 and check the nhs.uk website.

Medicine cabinet essentials include:

·         painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, including version for children, to be used for minor aches, pains (e.g. headaches and menstrual pain) and flu symptoms

·         over-the-counter cough, cold, flu and indigestion remedies

·         oral rehydration sachets and anti-diarrhoea tablets for diarrhoea

·         antacid tablets or liquid for Indigestion, stomach ache, heartburn, trapped win

·         plasters

·         bandages

·         antiseptic cream