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Tips for a happy, healthy Easter

We’re urging people to be ready for Easter by planning ahead for repeat prescriptions and using NHS services wisely in the build up to and immediately after Easter.

GP surgeries will be closed during the Easter weekend from Friday 18 April to Monday 21 April and patients are reminded to order any prescriptions in enough time and to know when their GP surgery is open, to avoid unnecessarily overloading the out of hours service or A&E over the Easter period.

Dr Guy Mansford, Clinical Lead of NHS Nottingham West Clinical Commissioning Group said:  “It is particularly important that people who take regular medicines should order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to so they have enough to last over the holiday period.

“This can make all the difference when it comes to keeping well this Easter – especially for those with long-term health problems who take daily medication. Not taking your essential medicines can lead to relapses or, in the most serious cases, a visit to hospital if medication runs out.”

“Easter can be a very busy time for the local NHS, so picking up a repeat prescription in advance could help keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies.

“ 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.

An out of hours GP service is available for illnesses and injuries that cannot wait until your local GP is open again after Easter.

Common ailments such as colds, sore throats and coughs can often be effectively treated at home with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. 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.

How to use the Out of Hours service
NHS Nottingham City –  8am-8pm Health Centre
79a Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LD. Phone (0115) 883 1960
Open every day of the year, from 8am to 8pm and anyone can use it. You don’t need to be a Nottingham resident or need an appointment for most of the services – just walk in.

Located on Upper Parliament Street – between Hurt’s Yard and the West End Arcade. Within easy walking distance of the Market Square not far from The Royal Centre tram stop.

Nottingham NHS Walk-In Centre
Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham, NG2 4LA
Open every day of the year from 7am to 9pm. Just walk in, no appointment needed. The centre is underneath the NHS Direct building, near the BBC centre on the London Road island.

Ilkeston Community Hospital and Minor Injuries Unit – 24/7 Minor Injuries Unit Heanor Road, Derbyshire, DE7 8LN . Phone (0115) 930 5522

This service offers a mixture of ‘walk in’ services and appointments, so it is advisable to telephone before you go.

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