Have an eggs-tra healthy Easter, doctors urge

Doctors are urging patients in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven to stay healthy over the Easter holidays – and that means being prepared.

The Easter eggs have probably been bought for the young ones and the family celebrations arranged but have the repeat prescriptions been ordered?

Being ill at holiday times is never fun; that’s why people are being advised to order their regular medication ahead of their GP practice closing on Thursday 24 March.

The advice has been issued by NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Dr Colin Renwick, clinical chair at NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG said: “The message is simple: remember to renew your prescription if you think you might run out of medication over the Easter break. This could prevent you becoming ill or even avert a medical emergency.

“It is also important that people understand where to go for help if they need treatment so 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.

Many of the district’s pharmacies are open during the Easter holiday and people can find the pharmacy opening hours on the CCG websites:

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.

People are urged only to go to their local A&E department or dial 999 for serious and life threatening emergencies only. For example:

  • loss of consciousness 
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that can't be stopped

In the case of heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.