Keeping well this Easter
With the four-day Easter bank holiday fast approaching, local doctors have issued some advice to help you choose the right NHS service if you feel unwell.
Dr Hari Pathmanathan, Hertfordshire GP and Chair of East and North Hertfordshire CCG said: “The extra-long bank holiday weekend means that some NHS services, like most GP practices and dentists, will close on the evening of Thursday 13th April and won’t open again until Tuesday morning (18th April) when they are likely to be much busier than usual. So it’s important to know which NHS services are available over the weekend if you need them.
“If you need urgent medical help when your doctor’s surgery is closed, but it’s not a 999 emergency, please don’t go to A&E. Emergency departments are for serious, life-threatening conditions only. If you need urgent health help, call NHS 111, a free service which is open 24 hours a day.
“If you take a regular prescription, make sure you don’t get caught out and you have enough to see you through the whole bank holiday. Please order your repeat prescription with your surgery now, so that you don’t run out while your surgery is closed. Remind relatives who are coming to stay to pack their medicines too.
“If you’re out shopping for Easter treats why not pick up a few things for your medicine cabinet so you’re able to look after any very minor illnesses or injuries yourself. Basic essentials like paracetamol, ibuprofen, plasters, antiseptic cream, and indigestion remedies can be bought from a supermarket or pharmacist - many of which are open late even at the weekend. And if you’re keeping an eye on your spending this holiday, remember you don’t have to choose expensive branded products. Non-branded versions work just as well and you can pick up paracetamol for as little as 21p a packet.”
NHS services over the Easter weekend
To find out which pharmacies near you are open over the Easter weekend, please visit the CCG website: www.enhertsccg.nhs.uk/pharmacies
Need urgent health advice and don’t know where to go? Call NHS 111. Open 24/7 and calls are free.
Minor Injuries Unit
Cheshunt Minor Injuries Unit at Cheshunt Community Hospital remains open over the Easter weekend. Open daily from 8am to 8pm.
Urgent Care Centre
Urgent Care Centre at the QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are experiencing any of the following, you should dial 999 immediately:
- Chest pain / heart attack
- Blacking out
- Severe blood loss