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Health Advice this Easter Bank Holiday
13 April 2017

Arranging your repeat prescription in advance and knowing which services are available over the bank holiday is good advice to Islanders and visitors ahead of the Easter break.

GP Practices will be closed on Friday 14th April (Good Friday) and Monday 17th April (Easter Monday) and will re-open on Tuesday 18th April. Anyone who feels they need to see a GP during this time should call NHS 111.

A number of pharmacies will open during the Easter holidays. Saturday, 15th April is a normal working day for pharmacies and they will be open as normal. Anyone with a minor illness is encouraged to go along to a community Pharmacy for advice.   Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling, as opening hours may vary during the holiday period.

Dr Michelle Legg, Ryde GP and Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “None of us want to think about becoming unwell but it is really important to know where to go and who to contact if you need advice over the bank holiday. If it’s something minor then speak to a Pharmacist. They are medically trained to give expert advice and if they think a health problem is something more serious, they will be aware when it is necessary to see a doctor.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day and they can give you advice and reassurance and help you to get the best care as quickly as possible for your condition. The Urgent Care Service at St. Mary’s Hospital is for urgent health needs. To access this service you will need to call NHS 111 first.”

For a list of Pharmacies open over the Easter Bank Holiday click HERE or see the sheet attached.

 

Health Information and Advice Services Available over the Easter Bank Holiday

NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) for advice on less urgent health needs.

What0-18 website (www.what0-18.nhs.uk) advice for parents and carers of young people 0-18yrs

NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency – available 24/7.

GP practices will be closed on 14th April (Good Friday), 17th April (Easter Monday), 1st May (Monday May Day Bank Holiday).  Call NHS 111.

Emergency Dentist call NHS 111

Emergency Department and 999 should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.

 

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