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Health services this Easter

With the four-day Easter bank holiday fast approaching, local doctors have issued advice to help you to stay well and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through the holiday period.

If you rely on regular prescription medication, check now whether you have enough to see you through the bank holiday. If you need new supplies, be sure to order the items you need in time to collect them before Good Friday (19 April).  The extra-long bank holiday weekend means that some pharmacies and GP practices will be closed on Friday 19 April and Monday 22 April. 

After the long weekend, GP and hospital services are likely to be busier than usual too. The good news is that there are pharmacies in every area with extra-long opening hours, dispensing advice as well as medicines.  

Click here for local pharmacy opening times over the Easter break.

While you’re checking to see if you have enough medicines, why not ‘spring clean’ your medicines cupboard?  Check whether you already have more than one month’s supply of any item that you need to take regularly.  If so, hold off re-ordering, because medicines have a ‘use by’ date and stockpiling medicines can be dangerous to other family members, particularly children.  Remember that you don’t need to order a medicine every month to keep it on your repeat prescription list.

Dr Nicolas Small, local GP and Chair of NHS Herts Valleys CCG, said:

“Remember that most GP surgeries and pharmacies require at least 48 hours’ notice to prepare a repeat prescription. 

“As well as advice from pharmacists and extended access to GP appointments, don’t forget that the telephone service NHS 111 is there for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year if you urgently need health advice.”

A limited number of routine appointments with GPs and practice nurses will be available over the Easter weekend. Appointments might be offered at a different practice to the one you’re used to, but the person treating you will be able to see your medical information. 

To find out about booking one, speak to your surgery about ‘extended access’ appointments.  There’s more information about these appointments here:  https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/news/articles/gp-appointments-time-suits

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