Have a healthy Bank Holiday

With the Bank Holiday and school holidays upon us, clinical leaders are reminding people living in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven of the range of health services available.  

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Cuts, bruises, bumps and grazes are some of the most common occurrences when children are off school, most of which can be treated by self-care.

The advice has been issued by the local clinical commissioning groups: NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts. 

Dr Colin Renwick, clinical chair at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG said: “It is also important that people know where to go for help if they need treatment.

“We want to help everyone to choose the most appropriate NHS service, so additional pressure is not put on our busy hospitals. We are asking people to think: does this illness or injury really need emergency treatment?

“Sometimes self-care is the answer and having a well-stocked medicine cupboard is essential.”

Doctors are also reminding patients of the benefits of using their local pharmacies. Pharmacists will answer any questions about prescribed or over-the-counter medicines and can give expert help on everyday illnesses.

The pharmacy is the perfect place to stock up medicine cabinets and useful items to consider include:

  • pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
  • cough and cold remedies
  • sore throat remedies
  • anti-diarrhoea treatments
  • antihistamines
  • indigestion remedies
  • simple dressings and plasters.

You can find your nearest pharmacy by visiting the NHS Choices website.

You can find out which pharmacies in Bradford are open over the bank holiday here.

When medical help is needed but it is not an emergency, people can ring NHS 111 for advice and direction to the most appropriate service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free.