Important healthcare advice - Easter Bank Holiday

The NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside continues to be busy, caring for people across the area.

With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching (April 7th-10th), please make sure you’ve got enough prescription medication left – it can take a couple of days for a repeat prescription to come through and you don’t want to run out.

In addition, this year, the Easter Bank Holiday will be immediately followed by four days of industrial action by junior doctors, during which time the NHS is expecting significant disruption, and it is vital the public are aware of the pressure the health service will be under and know the best way to access care during that time.

If you have an urgent healthcare need that can’t wait till the next working day, it’s still possible to speak to a GP in the evening, at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

If you call your GP practice outside of office hours, you will hear a recorded message, with details of how to get in touch with a GP. This may be through contacting NHS 111.

The NHS 111 online service offers quick advice and the best options for getting the care you need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician or nurse, booking an appointment in A&E or providing advice on how to help you recover.

You can use the NHS App to put in a request for a repeat prescription or check your GP practice website for details of how to order a repeat prescription.

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Urgent and emergency care services will also be open over the Bank Holiday and the industrial action period and people should always call 999 or attend accident and emergency services in the event of a life or limb threatening emergency.

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