Leeds residents asked to visit their local pharmacy (chemist) and order their medication well before the Easter break
Many pharmacies are closed or have reduced hours over Easter, so anyone who has a repeat prescription or takes regular medication should make sure they have enough in their cupboards for the bank holiday period.
If you visit the pharmacist in good time before Easter they can also advise you on common illnesses such as coughs, colds, aches, pains and skin rashes and the best ways to treat them. This can save you time in a GP waiting room and help you to feel better sooner.
Minor illnesses such as colds, headaches and diarrhoea can disrupt your life, so you should also be prepared for the most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. This includes keeping painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen for minor aches and pains; antihistamines for allergies, hay fever and insect bites; oral rehydration salts for fever, diarrhoea and vomiting; anti-diarrhoea tablets and indigestion treatment.
“If you have repeat prescriptions, I would strongly advise you to ensure you have enough medication to cover you over the Easter break, if you don’t then request a repeat prescription in good time before the holiday weekend. However, if you do run out of prescription medicine and do not have a prescription from your GP, you can obtain an emergency supply from your regular pharmacy. If your regular pharmacy is closed, then a supply can be obtained from another pharmacy by showing your medicines packaging to them.”
Head of Nursing and Quality Manager at NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group
“Pharmacists are trained healthcare professionals; they will give expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them. Your local pharmacy can help you stock up your medicines cabinet with remedies for minor illnesses, which you will be able to treat at home.
Pharmacies play an important role as they help to reduce the pressure on local accident and emergency departments by providing an alternative option for common or minor health concerns, illnesses or injuries. If your pharmacy is closed then please call NHS 111 for any common health conditions, rather than calling 999 or going to already stretched accident and emergency departments.”
Dr Gordon Sinclair
Clinical Chair at NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group
People are being advised to call NHS 111 if they still feel unwell after seeing their pharmacist or if their local surgery is closed.
Find a full list of Leeds pharmacy opening times for the Easter Bank Holiday here.
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