People in East Staffordshire are being encouraged to enjoy a healthy Easter by preparing ahead for the holiday period. NHS East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is advising people to take a few simple steps to look after their health.
By making sure they know when their GP surgery is open, having enough of their usual prescription medicines to see them over the holiday period, and stocking up on over the counter remedies, people can ensure they make the most of the long Easter holiday weekend.
This year many local GP surgeries across will close for four days from Good Friday (April 14) through Easter Monday (April 17), before re-opening on Tuesday 18 April. However, don’t forget that expert health care advice and help is available from local pharmacies and also 24-hours-a-day every day by ringing NHS 111 (just dial 111) for free.
Dr Charles Pidsley, local GP and Chair of the CCG said: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for our health services. We want to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure minor illness doesn’t ruin their weekend.
“Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes. It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order what you need and collect in good time.”
For more information about accessing health services visit the NHS Choices website.