Plan ahead this Easter to stay well

With the long Easter weekend fast approaching, health professionals from NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Partnership are reminding residents to plan ahead to stay well.

If you take regular medication and need a repeat prescription, make sure you get it in time so you have enough for the long weekend.

If you become unwell, pharmacists can offer advice on common ailments such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, uncomplicated cystitis and skin rashes. You can also call NHS 111 for advice.

Most common ailments can be treated at home by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet. A medicine cabinet should include:

  • Paracetamol and aspirin, and equivalent syrups (such as Calpol) for children
  • Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
  • Re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting
  • Indigestion remedy
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters or cut bandages
  • A thermometer to check for fever
  • A range of bandages, plasters (various sizes), non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings
  • Antiseptic to clean cuts before they’re dressed (bandaged) and most can treat a range of conditions including insect stings, ulcers and pimples.

Some GP practices across Leeds will be offering extended opening hours over the Easter bank holiday and local people are being advised to check this with their GP practice.

Dr Gordon Sinclair, Chair of the NHS Leeds CCGs Partnership, said: “Anyone falling ill during the Easter break should consider visiting their local pharmacist, as they will give expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. If you use repeat prescriptions, it’s important that you remember to visit your local pharmacy to make sure you have enough medication to last you over the bank holiday.

Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet can come handy if you become ill unexpectedly and your pharmacist will be able to help you if you don’t know what to buy.

Pharmacies play an important role as they help to reduce the pressure on local accident and emergency departments by providing an alternative option for minor health concerns, illnesses or injuries.

Some GP practices across Leeds will be offering extended opening hours over Easter and I would advise that you check with your local practice whether they will be open over the bank holiday or not.”

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