NHS services are still here to help this Easter

Posted on March 31, 2021 by AireAdmin No Comments

The local NHS is reminding people about the services open over the coming Bank Holiday weekend if they need help

 People across Bradford district and Craven are being reminded of where they can access health services over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend when GP practices will be closed.

This year the Easter Bank Holiday runs from Friday 2 April – Monday 5 April. The local NHS is reminding people that although GP practices will be closed during this time, pharmacies, NHS telephone and online help and advice will be available if they are feeling unwell.

Some pharmacies in the district offer an out of hour’s service. Please use the NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG website to see a list of pharmacies open over the Bank Holiday weekend: https://bit.ly/pharmacybankholiday

For common illnesses like sore throats, headaches and aches and pains, over the counter medicines like paracetamol or ibuprofen can be purchased.  Community pharmacies can also provide healthcare advice and support for common illnesses.

Information on common illnesses and injuries can be found by visiting the NHS website: NHS.UK

Dr Dave Tatham, GP and strategic clinical director at Bradford District and Craven CCG said: “For health needs that are not a life-threatening emergency but are urgent, or if you’re unsure what to do, the friendly teams at NHS 111 will be able to advise you or direct you to the most appropriate part of the NHS, including booking an appointment for you if necessary.

“You can check symptoms using the NHS 111 service on the website – 111.nhs.uk – or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. You will then be directed to the best service to help you.”

The NHS would also like to remind people not to go to a service in person, including pharmacies, if they:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste)
  • live with someone who has symptoms

People who have at least one the above symptoms of coronavirus are eligible to be tested and can book a coronavirus test on the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Dr Tatham adds: “lockdown restrictions are planned to be lifted ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, which allows more of us to meet up outside. This also means that more people might need the help of the NHS, especially for things like small accidents.

“If you can go online to the NHS website, or use NHS 111 if it is urgent, please do.”

For further advice over the bank holiday weekend, visit the NHS website – www.nhs.uk

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