Patients are being urged to make sure they know where to go for medical help and advice ahead of the long Easter weekend.
With GP surgeries closed on Good Friday (19 April 2019) and Easter Monday (22 April 2019), it is important that patients across Birmingham and Solihull know their options.
Dr Richard Mendelsohn, a GP and NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Medical Officer, said: “There are lots of options available to patients this Easter weekend to ensure they receive the right help when they need it.
“If you have over-the-counter medicines in your medicine cabinet, you should be able to treat common health issues such as colds, coughs, sore throats and headaches at home, or you could visit your local pharmacist for advice.
“Some GP practices will be offering extended access appointments over the Easter weekend, however these need to be booked in advance by calling your practice. There will also be out of hours’ services available if you cannot wait until your practice reopens – just call your practice as normal when it is closed and listen to the options available on the recorded message.
“If you are not sure where to go, then you can always call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or alternatively walk-in or urgent care centres will be open.”
Options this Easter weekend:
- Self-care – make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, so you can deal with minor injuries and ailments at home
- Pharmacy – your local pharmacist can give you quick, confidential advice on lots of common illnesses, as well as over-the-counter medication. Find out if your local pharmacy is open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday here.
- GP practice extended access appointments – some practices will be offering limited appointments, but these must be booked in advance through your GP practice. Find out more here.
- NHS 111 – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, or not sure which NHS service you need, you can either call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- Walk-in centre or urgent care centre – if you have an illness or injury that cannot wait until your GP surgery is open, you can find out the Easter opening hours of these centres here.