Plan ahead for Easter health needs

High Peak residents are being urged to be ready for Easter by planning ahead for repeat prescriptions and using NHS services wisely.

GP surgeries will be closed during from Friday March 29 to Tuesday April 2. 
By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open and planning ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions, patients can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday.

Dr Ben Milton, Chair of NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.

“Making sure you have the right medicines in the first place could make all the difference when it comes to keeping well this Easter. For those with long-term health problems taking daily medication is an important part of their treatment, and many are at risk of suffering serious attacks or hospitalisation if medical supplies run out.

“If you become unwell over Easter and need advice or medical treatment quickly, then you should call NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By calling NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet your needs.

“Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. So, it’s important to make sure your medicine cabinet at home is well stocked and contains sufficient over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments.”

Other NHS services open over Easter include the minor injury unit at Buxton Hospital (8am to 10pm) and the North High Peak Urgent Care Centre, New Mills (Mon to Fri 6.30pm to 10.30pm, weekends 9.30am to 10.30pm.