Health leaders at NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding people in Erewash that pharmacies can offer medical advice over the spring bank holiday.
Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses. Many pharmacists have their own consultation rooms so conversations can be had in private.
Dr Avi Bhatia, chairman of NHS Erewash CCG, said: “Your local pharmacy is the ideal place to get over the counter remedies and advice for minor illnesses such as coughs and colds or ailments like bumps and grazes – things that don’t really need a visit to the doctor or hospital.
“Pharmacists are trained healthcare professionals who can help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as aches and pains, allergies, uncomplicated cystitis, and skin rashes. Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends, and you don’t need an appointment when visiting your local pharmacist.
“As most GP surgeries will be closed on the spring bank holiday, we would like to encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the bank holiday”.
Pharmacy opening hours over the bank holidays in Erewash can be found on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk along with information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units. Patients can type in their postcode to find their nearest services. Out of hours patients should call NHS111.