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NHS issues advice for Easter weekend

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Ahead of this Easter weekend, the NHS in Cumbria has asked the public to plan their healthcare to help ease the pressure on hospital services.

Advice includes keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet, and visiting your pharmacist before visiting A&E.

“Easter is another time in the year that hospitals and Cumbria Health on Call Services (CHOC) can experience a high number of patients and we are again urging everyone to think before visiting A&E or calling CHOC.

“Your local pharmacy can be an excellent place in offering expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist can save you time in the waiting room and help you feel better fast."

– Dr David Rogers, Medical Director for NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

The public have also been reminded of the following if they feel they need to visit an out of hours centre:

  • Ring first. Please do not walk into a busy out of hours centre as patients who have telephoned first and poorly patients will take priority.
  • Do not attend a centre if you have symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea. Always ring for advice first.
  • The GP out of hours service needs to be able to reach poorly patients quickly. If you can wait for advice from your own surgery then please do.
  • CHoC cannot offer a repeat prescription service. This must be arranged with your own surgery. If you do run out of important medicine please ring for advice but to prevent this happening try to ensure you have a good supply before the Bank Holiday.
  • Remember both Friday and Monday are bank holidays, be prepared, collect your repeat prescriptions well in advance. There is limited pharmacy opening time over the Easter period with only 1-2hours of opening in your area on Easter Sunday.
  • The GP out of hours service will be very busy, only telephone if you have urgent needs. There may be delays ringing back with advice and appointment times. Do not keep re-contacting the service unless your symptoms have become worse.

For health advice, you can visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/asap. CHoC are available by calling 03000 247 247.

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