Patients advised to plan ahead for the bank holiday

With the bank holiday weekend fast approaching, health professionals from NHS Leeds CCG are reminding residents to plan ahead to stay well.

Patients with long-term conditions are being asked to make sure they have enough medicines available to cover the bank holiday period.

Dr Gordon Sinclair, GP at Burton Croft Surgery in Headingley and Clinical Chair at NHS Leeds CCG, says: “It’s important that patients with long-term conditions have ordered any repeat prescriptions they may need to keep them well over the bank holiday. It is also important that you keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet so you are able to treat most minor illnesses at home. If you become unwell over the bank holiday weekend you can visit your pharmacist. Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals offering expert clinical advice.”

It is also important to plan ahead if you are going on holiday. Some things to check are:

  • The latest health and safety advice for the country you’re travelling to
  • That you and your family’s vaccinations are up to date
  • Having a kit of health travel essentials which might include sunscreen, painkillers and antiseptic
  • Having the right medical insurance
  • Make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if travelling in Europe

If you become unwell over the bank holiday weekend, pharmacists can offer advice on common ailments such as coughs and cold, an upset stomach, strains and sprains or bites and stings.

Some routine GP appointments are available over the bank holiday weekend although this may not be at your usual GP practice. If you need an appointment please ring your own GP Practice where you will be directed accordingly.

You can also call NHS 111 if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency. This helps the local NHS keep emergency services free for those that need them the most.

For further information on what to do if you start to feel unwell, please visit: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/services/feeling-unwell/