Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, health experts at NHS Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group have issued advice on where to seek help this Easter, if needed.
Should you or a family member become unwell over the bank holiday, there are a range of services available including:
- Pharmacies - for common illnesses, it is advised to seek advice from your local pharmacist who can provide helpful information on common health problems.
- NHS 111 - If you need healthcare advice and it’s not urgent, NHS 111 is available to call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. A highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals, can advise you over the phone and liaise with local services if needed including out of hours GP services.
- A&E - In a health emergency you should always call 999.
Eileen Clark, Acting Director of Clinical Performance and Delivery/ Chief Nurse at NHS Surrey Downs CCG, said: “We want you to have a restful break this Easter but should you, or a loved one, begin to feel poorly it’s important to know where you can go to seek advice or help. Some pharmacies in Surrey Downs will be open if you need to talk to somebody confidentially or simply want to stock up on medicines.
“NHS 111 is also available 365 days a year for urgent health advice and it can put people in touch with local services including GP out of hours if needed. In an emergency, people should always call 999”.
For details of pharmacy opening times over the Easter break see surreydownsccg.nhs.uk/get-informed/news/2017/april/easter-pharmacy-opening-times/