NHS services on hand this Easter

Tuesday 9th April, 2019

With Easter weekend fast approaching, local doctors are asking people who have repeat prescriptions to plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines to last over the bank holiday weekend.

Local GP practices will be closed as usual over the weekend and also on Friday 19 and Monday 22 April.

Therefore, the local NHS wants to make sure that people that need regular, routine medicines have what they need before the Easter break.

If you don’t, or you are running low, please think ahead and contact your GP practice or local pharmacy this week to order more.

Taking action now means that we can make sure that the out of hours services that are available over the bank holiday weekend are on hand for those that need urgent medical help.

Out of hours doctors will be available over the weekend for people who need urgent help and treatment; the service is not designed for more routine problems like repeat prescriptions.

However, this isn’t always the case, and on a Saturday one in four calls to the urgent GP out of hours service are from people who have run out of routine medication.

If doctors are busy arranging repeat medicines, they are not so readily available for patients who urgently need their help.

If you do need help or advice over the Easter weekend please remember you can get free, expert, quick information from your local pharmacy.

A full list of the pharmacies that are open this bank holiday weekend are available.

It is also important to remember that a range of NHS services is available over the Easter holidays, and bank holiday weekend, so that people across Coastal West Sussex can get the most appropriate help and support.

There is the Minor Injuries Unit at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, the minor injuries service at The Park Surgery in Littlehampton, and NHS 111.

If you need medical advice when your GP is closed, call NHS 111 for advice on where to go for the most appropriate treatment.

NHS 111 can help to signpost you to the nearest local NHS service, give you advice so you can treat yourself at home, or book an appointment with an out-of-hours doctor.