NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging local people to check they have their essential medication and to choose the right health services over the May bank holiday (4th – 6th April).
Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Useful items to have handy include appropriate pain relief for adults and children, cough, colds and sore throat remedies and antihistamines.
For non-urgent, minor conditions, pharmacists are equipped to give advice on over the counter medications and treatments. A number of fully trained pharmacy teams will be available throughout the bank holiday weekend and should be your first point of call for any minor health condition. Most pharmacies (over 90%) now offer private consultation rooms for a confidential conversation, if required. Please check your local pharmacy website or the CCG at this link for specific opening times.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including the entire bank holiday weekend for more urgent health concerns. The service is now available online at https://111.nhs.uk/, as well as by phone (dial 111) and should be accessed when your GP surgery is closed. You will receive a phone or online based assessment, and they will be able to refer you to the correct service as required.
People are urged to only go to their local A&E department or dial 999 for critical or life-threatening situations.