Surgery News

March 2024 – Patient Newsletter

Think ahead and know your healthcare options ahead of the Easter Bank Holiday!

As the Easter bank holiday approaches, people are being reminded to plan ahead with their medicines needs, use the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions and to visit NHS111 online first if medical advice is needed.

Dr Hamish McLure, NHS Medical Director in the Northeast and Yorkshire said:

“The NHS is here for you if you need us over the bank holiday weekend. As Easter approaches, we’re asking people in the Northeast and Yorkshire to ensure they’re prepared with any medicine needs and know how and where to get support and advice and if needed.

“All repeat prescriptions should be ordered in advance to ensure you have enough to last over the bank holidays on Good Friday (29 March) and Easter Monday (1 April). You can use the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions, and change your nominated pharmacy, in just a few taps. The App also allows patients to see when their prescriptions have been issued and view their prescribed medication.”

“I’d encourage people to familiarise themselves and use the 111 Online service – it is another great option people have when they require healthcare support on a wide range of health problems. It can tell you where to get help for your symptoms, the most appropriate local treatment option such as your GP, a pharmacy consultation, a call-back from a nurse, or an urgent walk-in treatment centre.

“People should still call 999 and go to A&E in an emergency – when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.”

Health advice and information is available from the NHS App and NHS website. You can also use the NHS website to find a pharmacy near you which will be open this bank holiday.

People may also consider having at home a small stock of basic medicines in case needed for minor illness or injury. These may include paracetamol, plasters, indigestion remedy and anti-diarrhoeal medicine. Ask your local pharmacist for advice on what medicines you should keep at home.

Please do not delay and wait for your GP Surgery to re- open after the bank holidays they will have a limited amount of same day and routine appointments available, please do familiarise yourself with all the above options.

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Happy Easter