The Tour de Yorkshire is taking place between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 April and doctors are encouraging patients and their families to be prepared so they can enjoy a healthy weekend.
Dr David Kelly, Chair, NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and local GP said:
“Make sure you have plenty of medical supplies in the house, for example some simple pain-killers, a paediatric paracetamol mixture for children and an adequate supply of any regular medications you or your family are being prescribed by your doctor.
“It is important to remember older or vulnerable relatives living nearer the route that may be affected by road closures due to the race. We’re asking people to be prepared over this busy, but exciting weekend.”
The Tour de Yorkshire rolls into Kirklees on the Sunday (30 April) and GPs are also reminding people of the range of health services available in case you do fall ill over the bank holiday weekend.
It’s vital to make sure you choose the most appropriate NHS service, if your child or a member of your family is ill, so additional pressure is not put on our busy hospitals.
So here are some top tips:
- Where possible self-care (for common accidents and illnesses), and remember you can always seek advice from NHS 111 which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free from landlines or mobile phones, or alternatively you can visit the NHS website at nhs.uk
- Don’t forget you can also speak to your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
- In North Kirklees, there is the walk in centre based in the emergency department of Dewsbury and District Hospital which is open 9am to 8pm (Mon-Fri) and 10am to 6pm (weekends and bank holidays), which can provide health support and advice to anyone who comes through the door.
- Accident & Emergency (A&E) is only for the most urgent care such as serious accidents or medical emergencies.
Dr Steve Ollerton, Clinical Leader, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG added:
“Remember, your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential, expert advice on common symptoms, medicines and healthy living. For simple accidents like sprains, you don’t always need to go to your GP practice.
“And don’t forget, if Tour de Yorkshire inspires you to take up cycling this summer, make sure you warm-up well to prevent strains and sprains. Make sure you wear the appropriate protective clothing, including a cycling helmet.”
For information about pharmacies that are open during the bank holidays in May, visit Kirklees May Bank Holiday pharmacy opening or www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk . Advice for tackling a range of summer health conditions can also be found on these websites.
Kirklees Council has a special section on their website with more information, including details about road closures and route times here www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/events/tour-de-yorkshire.aspx