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Get speedy healthcare advice from your pharmacist this Easter

Thursday, 24 March, 2016
Get speedy healthcare advice from your pharmacist this Easter

Healthcare leaders in Northumberland and North Tyneside are encouraging local people to think ‘pharmacy first’ if they need quick access to health advice and treatment over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

Pharmacists are highly-trained experts in many aspects of healthcare and can offer expert advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughscolds and stomach upsets. No appointment is necessary and many pharmacies have private consultation areas and can advise whether further medical attention is required.

Although most GP practices will be closed from Thursday evening until Tuesday morning (29 March), many pharmacies will be open across Northumberland and North Tyneside throughout the bank holiday weekend – on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging residents to be well prepared and to keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home in order to be able to practise good self-care for a large range of common ailments and illnesses.

With information on many common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist can save time in the waiting room and help relief pressure on busy frontline hospital teams who are caring for seriously ill or injured people.

Dr Jane Weatherstone, associate medical director primary and community care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Easter is a lovely weekend to spend time with the family and friends and get out and about, particularly if the weather is good, and no-one wants illness to affect their plans. However, we can all take steps in order to be well-prepared should it happen.

“Having a well-stocked medicines cabinet at home will help you treat lots of common ailments and illnesses effectively for you and the family. It’s also worth remembering that there are pharmacies open every day throughout Easter weekend if you need more over-the-counter medicines or advice. 

“We’d also like to remind people that NHS 111 is open round-the-clock as normal over the bank holiday weekend should people require urgent medical help or advice on where to access the most appropriate help.”

Urgent care centres at Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals are open 24/7 throughout Easter for minor injuries or problems which cannot be looked after at home by practising good self-care or by waiting for a GP appointment.

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