Advice for healthcare at weekend

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Residents are being reminded to ensure they know where to go should they need medicines over the bank holiday weekend.

Doctors in Northumberland are encouraging people to plan their healthcare during the long weekend.

Members of the public who need advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them are advised to visit the pharmacist or call NHS 111 to help save time in the waiting room and help them feel better fast.

Dr Graham Syers, a local GP and locality director for NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you’re not feeling well over the bank holiday weekend, please take some time to consider where you should go to find help.

“That could mean getting advice from your local pharmacy, or dialling NHS 111 for more urgent, but not life-threatening, matters.

“Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“And using pharmacies also takes the pressure off Emergency Departments (formerly A&E) in the region, freeing up staff there for real emergencies.”

Some pharmacies will remain open on Monday, May 30, when other services are often unavailable.

For more information visit www.northumberlandccg.nhs.uk

Information on walk-in centres and minor injuries units is available at www.nhs.uk