Helping you stay well in Doncaster over the Jubilee celebrations
NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to check their current medication stock before the bank holiday, and to see if they have enough to last over the four-day Jubilee weekend.
Remember your GP surgery will be closed on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June. It can take up to 48 hours for surgeries to process a repeat prescription so it’s best to be prepared and order your prescriptions in advance so you don’t get caught short.
Many pharmacies will be running reduced opening hours, a few will remain open over the over the bank holiday period, however some may be closed.
Chair of the CCG Dr David Crichton said “We want to ensure anyone with long-term health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease, enjoys the extended break and doesn’t run out of their essential medicines. There will be a small number of pharmacists available to give advice and dispense those vital medicines throughout the bank holiday as a backup in an emergency.
“Pharmacists are there to help with common ailments should you need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help you get the right medications for everyday illnesses. You can find opening hours for your local pharmacy over the Bank Holiday Weekend here.
“It only takes a few minutes to collect some over-the-counter remedies for seasonal ailments. If you do take regular medications, please ensure you have enough to cover the bank holiday period. Make looking after your health part of your Jubilee preparations and don’t leave it until the last minute.”
The CCG also wants to remind people what to do if their GP practice is closed. The Doncaster Same Day Health Centre will be open from 8am to 10pm throughout the holiday period. If you need to see a doctor late at night, the GP Out-of-Hours Service can be contacted by ringing your practice’s number or you can visit 111 online https://111.nhs.uk/
If you need urgent care over the Bank Holiday but it is not life-threatening NHS 111 can direct you to the best services and provide advice on where to get help for your symptoms, if you’re not sure what to do, how to find general health information and advice, where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine and how to get a repeat prescription.
Dr Crichton added: “Bank holidays can be a very busy time for services in the NHS so picking up a repeat prescription in advance, and knowing which services are available, could help to keep staff free to deal with life-threatening emergencies. I would urge everyone to plan ahead of time and enjoy your break.”
Many illnesses and symptoms can be treated in your home by making use of a well-stocked medicine cabinet and by getting plenty of rest. Keep essential medicines such as: aspirin, paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, cough medicine, plasters, thermometer and antiseptic cream.
For more information on local services in Doncaster, please access the Bank Holiday Public Information Pack: https://www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/bankholiday-public-information-pack/