Get ready for the bank holiday weekend

In the run-up to the May bank holiday weekend NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking local residents to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions and to ensure they have all medications they need to stay healthy until normal opening hours resume Tuesday 30 May.

Crawley Community Pharmacist, CJ Patel, says: “Make sure you order any repeat prescriptions in good time to allow you to pick up your medication before the weekend, as many GPs and pharmacies will close over this time. We see many patients who have not ordered their medication sufficiently far in advance, and have then not left enough time to collect it before pharmacy closes for the holiday period.”

Other top tips for the bank holiday weekend include choosing self-care for minor illnesses and injuries and considering the full range of NHS services available locally. Remember, many minor ailments are not of a serious nature and don’t require a GP.

The different choices for care may seem confusing, with many people not knowing when to go to their pharmacist, make an appointment with their GP, or when to walk in to the Urgent Care Centre, or even an A & E department. But, there is help on hand…

Online support available at NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk

For telephone support call NHS 111 (dial 111)

Click here for a list of pharmacies open on bank holiday Monday

Walk-in services available at Urgent Care Centre (Crawley Hospital) 24/7)

Dr Amit Bhargava, GP and Clinical Chief Officer of NHS Crawley CCG, said: “Using your local MIU or UCC will save you a potentially long wait at A&E, and allow staff there to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions.”