You may be looking forward to a care-free Easter Bank Holiday, but would you know what to do if you do become ill or injured? Self-care, a local pharmacist or NHS 111 are best for minor illness or ailments.
Some treatment options if you or a family member becomes ill over Easter
Self-care: Having a few basic items in your bathroom medicine cabinet can save you time and effort should you become ill or have a minor injury. Items like paracetamol, bandages, sticking plasters, antiseptic cream and indigestion tablets are handy to keep in your medicine cabinet. However, if troublesome symptoms persist or worsen see your GP. More advice is available online at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourmedicinecabinet.aspx
Pharmacist: If you’re feeling unwell and need advice, visit your pharmacy , which is nearby and with convenient hours. You can find your nearest pharmacist by searching online at: www.nhs.uk Also, remember to re-order any routine prescription medicines you need before the Easter Bank Holiday.
NHS 111: Go online to https://111.nhs.uk or call 111 when your GP surgery has closed, or anytime you need urgent medical advice or information, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency - 111 now provides access to the new integrated urgent care service. Calls are free from mobiles and landlines to the 24/7 telephone service.
The Integrated Urgent Care service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to urgent medical needs of residents of Somerset. For those patients who require clinical input, a suitably skilled healthcare professional will be available to provide a highly effective assessment and consultation of your needs.
Community Hospital Minor Injury Unit: There are seven minor injury units (MIU) at community hospitals in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Frome, Glastonbury, Minehead and Shepton Mallet. If your injury is not serious, you can get help from a MIU rather than a busy hospital A&E department. By doing so you allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions and save yourself a potentially long wait. To check the location of your local MIU’s location and opening hours go to: http://www.sompar.nhs.uk/our_services/adult_services/minor_injuries_unit
Hospital Accident and Emergency: Hospital A&E and the 999 ambulance service treat patients with life-threatening and emergency conditions. If you or a family member are experiencing chest pain, serious loss of blood or have become unconscious then telephone 999 for an ambulance immediately.