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What to do if you are unwell over the bank holiday weekend

This weekend the sun is out and it looks like Spring has finally arrived. The children are excitedly bouncing around on the garden trampoline and the adults are throwing themselves into BBQs outdoor activities. Then that ‘little’ accident happens and your great day ends in tears with a fall, a grazed knee or a sprained ankle.

So, if this were to happen to you, would you know where to go?
Most accidents are minor and can be treated at home with a first aid kit and a hug. Self-care if often best for cuts, scrapes and grazes, but if you’d like to talk to a medical professional your local pharmacy can give you advice on many minor injuries and tell you how to treat them.

NHS 111 also offers advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It can tell you where to go if someone, particularly children, has experienced a bang to the head, a sprain or an unexplained rash. This service is really useful over bank holidays when pharmacies and GPs may be closed. All the caller has to do is dial 111 to talk to the NHS.

For persistent illnesses, you should make an appointment with your local GP.

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Self care
If you keep a good stock of medical supplies on hand, many minor accidents and injuries such as a sore throat, cough, grazed knee or hangover can be treated at home.

But remember to check use-by dates on all medicines, and make sure they are properly stored and out of reach of children.

A basic first-aid kit should contain:

  • plasters in a variety of different sizes and shapes
  • small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • at least two sterile eye dressings
  • triangular bandages
  • crêpe rolled bandage
  •  safety pins
  • disposable sterile gloves
  • tweezers and scissors
  • alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • sticky tape
  •  thermometer (preferably digital)
  • skin rash cream, such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  • cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings
  • antiseptic cream
  • painkillers such as paracetamol (or infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given to children under 16), or ibuprofen
  • cough medicine
  • antihistamine tablets
  • distilled water for cleaning wounds
  • eye wash and eye bath

Common ailments such as colds, sore throats and coughs can often be effectively treated at home. Pharmacists have a wealth of knowledge in how to treat these types of illness and a local pharmacy may help. It is also important to make sure your medicine cabinet at home is well stocked and contains sufficient over-the-counter medicines to treat minor ailments.

To find your nearest pharmacy or for further advice about treating common conditions, visit NHS Choices

Pharmacy bank holiday opening times

Urgent Care Centre
Nottingham NHS Urgent Care Centre
Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA
This Urgent Care centre is open every day of the year from 7am to 9pm. Just walk in, no appointment is needed. The centre is near the BBC centre on the London Road Island

NHS 111
If you need medical advice quickly, call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when you call NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed to the local service that can best meet your needs. An out-of-hours GP service is available for illnesses and injuries that cannot wait until we reopen after Easter..

In an emergency – call 999
If you or someone else has: loss of consciousness/ severe breathing difficulties/ heavy bleeding/ severe chest pains/ possible broken bones/ deep wounds/ stroke/ swallowed something harmful or poisonous/ taken a drug overdose then go to the Emergency Department at the QMC or call 999.
Remember the Emergency Department is for emergencies only!



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