With the Easter bank holiday fast approaching, health professionals from NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging residents to plan ahead to stay well.
Dr Jason Broch, GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“With GP practices, hospitals and pharmacies under pressure due to Covid-19 and the vaccination programme, it is important that you plan ahead when ordering or collecting repeat prescriptions.
“If you take regular medication make sure you pick up any repeat prescriptions as some GP practices and pharmacies will be closed or have reduced opening hours on the bank holidays. Forgetting to take medication can have serious health consequences for some patients.
“Meanwhile, keep yourself and others safe by following the national restrictions as well as washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering in enclosed areas and making space from people you don’t live with. Have a happy and healthy Easter bank holiday.”
GP appointments will be available throughout the holiday period for those who need them, but anyone with an urgent health issue should contact NHS 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.
If anyone has any of the following coronavirus symptoms, it is important to stay home and book a test as soon as possible. Symptoms include:
- A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
To find GP and pharmacy opening times over the bank holidays, please visit https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/bank-holiday/