People across Manchester are being urged to plan ahead and choose well over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
This includes ensuring you have enough medication to get you through the long weekend, especially if you or someone you care for has a long-term condition like diabetes or heart disease. If this requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in plenty of time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.
Your local doctor’s surgery may be closed for four days during the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, from Good Friday 25 March to Easter Monday 28 March. If you or someone you care for does fall ill or require medical advice, there are a number of local options you can choose from to help ensure you get the right care.
You can call NHS 111 if you have a non-life-threatening emergency and are not sure where to go. They will direct you to the most appropriate service including the GP Extended Access Scheme or your local GP out-of-hours service.
Many pharmacies are open over the Bank Holiday; they can offer you free, confidential health advice without having to wait for a GP appointment or visit Accident and Emergency. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines.
Details of the different pharmacies and their opening times over the Bank Holiday can be found on the Community Pharmacy website (click here to access). You can also visit the Choose Well Manchester website (click here to access) for advice and support about how and when to use NHS services.