Easter is only a few days away and as of Friday, many pharmacies and GP surgeries will be closing for a four day period.
Many pharmacies will be closing on Friday 25th March and won’t reopen until Tuesday 29th March.
It’s really important you are as organised as possible and have all the right information to hand in case you get ill over Easter. This includes ensuring:
- You have collected any repeat prescriptions,
- You have a good supply of the medicines you should keep at home, and,
- You know your nearest pharmacy’s Easter opening hours.
Your local pharmacy is able to help you with a large number of minor illnesses and ailments, as well as offering you appropriate advice on many health related issues – a much wider range than most people realise. It’s worth knowing what your pharmacy can help you with ahead of the Easter period. If your local pharmacy is going to close, you can find an alternative by visiting the NHS Choices website and typing in your town or postcode to the pharmacy finder. You will then be taken to a list of your nearest pharmacies and their opening times.
Here at EBPCOOH and Richmond GP OOH, we always see a surge in attendees over Easter and any bank holiday period, which can mean longer wait times. It’s really important therefore that our patients also remember the importance of self-care. There are a number of minor ailments and illnesses that you can treat yourself at home with over the counter medicines and by ensuring you get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids and keep warm.
If you need to see a GP or have a non-life threatening emergency over the Easter period, please call NHS 111.
In the event of a medical emergency, please dial 999.
On behalf of everyone at Richmond OOH and EBPCOOH, we wish you all a happy and healthy Easter.