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People across Bradford district and Craven are being reminded of where they can get health advice over the coming bank holidays when GP practices will be closed.

This year the Easter Bank Holiday is Friday 15 April and Monday 18 April with the Early May Bank Holiday on Monday 2 May. Although GP practices will be closed, pharmacies, NHS telephone and online help and advice are all available for people if they are feeling unwell.

There are pharmacies open across the coming bank holidays. People can drop in for expert advice on many common illnesses such as headaches, sore throats and aches and pains, and there is no need to book an appointment. Pharmacies can also give you help and information on which medicines people can buy over the counter to help manage their illness.

To find out which pharmacies are open over the Bank Holiday weekend, people can visit the NHS Bradford district and Craven CCG website: https://bit.ly/pharmacybankholiday

Many common illnesses and minor mishaps can also be treated at home, with a well-stocked medicine cabinet, including items such as paracetamol, antihistamines, plasters and bandages.

People are also being reminded to make sure that they have enough of their regular repeat medications to last over the longer weekends.

Dr Louise Clarke, GP and strategic clinical director at NHS Bradford District and Craven CCG said: “Pharmacies are a fantastic first port of call for people if they are unsure what to do about a minor illness. Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can give you advice about your condition on the spot and recommend which medicines to buy should you need them. They will also be able to direct you to the right NHS service if they think that you need further help and advice.

“There are lots of pharmacies open over the bank holidays and at weekends, and they are often in convenient locations such as shopping centres or supermarkets.

“If you visit a pharmacy, please continue to wear a face covering and don’t go to one if you have any symptoms of coronavirus.

“I would also like to thank our patients and people across our area for choosing the right service which really helps at this extremely busy time.”

Rob Aitchison, chief operating officer at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our Emergency Departments at both Airedale Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary have been extremely busy recently, and unfortunately that’s meant longer waits for people with less urgent issues.

“You can help by making sure that if you do choose to go to A&E for treatment, that it is the best place for you to go to get the right care. Our Emergency Departments are for accidents and emergencies, such as severe chest pain, difficulty breathing, significant head injuries and broken bones.

“Alternatives such as going online to 111.nhs.uk [opens in a new window] calling 111 or visiting a pharmacist can mean that you wait less time to receive care and can get on with enjoying your bank holiday.

“I’d also like to thank all our health and care colleagues who are working across the long weekend to keep services running and to care for others. Thank you for all that you continue to do for the people of Bradford District and Craven.”

For information about many common illnesses and injuries, symptoms and treatments, and advice about what to do, when to get help and which NHS service to use, visit the NHS website: nhs.uk [opens in a new window]. Details of local wellbeing services across Bradford district and Craven can be found on the Healthy Minds website: www.healthyminds.services [opens in a new window].

For urgent health advice that is not a life-threatening emergency, contact NHS 111, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. People can check symptoms using NHS 111 online – 111.nhs.uk [opens in a new window] – or by calling the service free of charge on 111.

For urgent mental health support in Bradford District and Craven, call First Response on 0800 952 1181, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.