Doctors in Solihull are urging patients to stock up their medicine cabinets in time for the Easter break – and advising them what to do if they need help urgently.
Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which funds health services for the people of Solihull, is calling on patients to make sure they have enough medication for the holiday period.
GP and CCG Chair Dr Anand Chitnis, said: “Now is a good time for people to think about what they need to have a happy and healthy Easter. This may mean stocking up on painkillers, cough and cold remedies, indigestion tablets, plasters and bandages.
“If you take medication, make sure you’ve got enough to last over the holidays and allow plenty of time to order your repeat prescriptions from your GP.”
Dr Chitnis added: “At the same time, Easter is always a busy time for our A&E departments and ambulance services.
“I would ask everyone to think twice before going to A&E or calling 999. These are for life-threatening illness or serious injury.
“There are often more appropriate services people can use to help themselves or their loved ones to get better, which will usually be much quicker than waiting for hours at A&E. And in many cases, the best cure for minor illnesses and injuries is staying at home, getting plenty of rest and fluids and taking over-the-counter fever and pain-reducing medication.”
Consider using a pharmacy, the GP Out of Hours services or one of the two Walk in Centres that will be open over the Easter period. If you’re not sure what healthcare treatment you need, call 111 for advice before you go anywhere.
Visit the Choose Well website, which contains lots of useful information about the different services available: www.choosewellmidlands.nhs.uk or call the free advice helpline NHS111.