Get ready for the bank holiday

Prescriptions advice and and contact details for  the holiday period.

Local health experts are advising people not to leave it until the last minute to order and collect repeat prescriptions before the bank holiday (Monday 28 May 2018).

NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to check their current medication and to take stock to see if they have enough to last over the bank holiday weekend.

Most pharmacies and GP surgeries will be running reduced opening hours on Monday, so stock up now and make sure you have sufficient medication to last over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Dr David Crichton, CCG Clinical Chair, said: “Bank holidays can be a very busy time for the local 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.

“It only takes a few minutes to collect prescriptions or some over-the-counter remedies for seasonal ailments. If you take regular medications, please ensure you have enough left to cover the holiday period. Make looking after your health part of your bank holiday preparations and don’t leave it until the last minute!”

A lot of 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 a stock of essential medicines such as: aspirin, paracetamol, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, cough medicine, plasters, thermometer and antiseptic cream.

If you need medical attention over the Bank Holiday Period you can call NHS 111.

The Doncaster Same Day Health Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm throughout the holiday period and can be contacted on 0300 123 3103. The Centre is open from 8am to 8pm at Cavendish Court, South Parade, DN1 2DJ and is available for appointments seven days a week, year round with professional help from doctors, nurses and paramedics.

After 8pm, you can ring NHS 111. Alternatively,  If you need to see a doctor late at night, the GP Out-of-Hours Service can be contacted by ringing 0300 123 9990. The GP Out-of-Hours Service provides health care for urgent medical problems outside normal surgery hours. This service is available for urgent medical situations but not for emergencies.  In an emergency (life threatening situation) you should ring 999.

You can find further details in our guide ‘Stay Well All Year’ available here

The weather forecast predicts sunny, warm weather over the bank holiday period, so please take care in the sun, wear sunscreen and keep hydrated. You can find out further details about how to keep safe in the sun here

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