Families are being reminded to Choose Well and not go to A&E over the school Easter Holidays unless they are faced with a life threatening condition.
All parents want what is best for their child, however many take them to A&E when they can be treated quicker and more conveniently closer to home.
Dr Darin Seiger, Chair of NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Parents can visit their local pharmacy for advice and medication for many common complaints such as colds, strains, headaches and minor infections. If you require urgent medical attention you can contact NHS 111 24 hours a day. When your GP is closed NHS 111 can refer you to the GP out of hour's service.”
Services that are available include:
This is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses such as colds, flu and stomach upsets can be treated with over the counter remedies and plenty of rest. To check your symptoms visit http://www.nhs.uk/symptom-checker/
Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, saving you having to wait for a GP appointment or go to A&E. A copy of the Northants Pharmacy Opening times can be viewed here.
GP Surgeries Opening Times - Easter Saturday
Most of the seventy seven GP surgeries will be closed over the Bank Holiday weekend; however eight surgeries will be opening. To view their opening times and contact details please click here.
NHS 111 provides expert health advice at all times throughout the day and night. They can give you advice and if necessary, refer you to the appropriate services including the GP Out of Hours Service and the Corby Urgent Care Centre.
GP Out of Hours
If you need a GP outside of normal opening hours, you can contact the GP out of hours service. It is available Monday to Friday from 6.30pm-8am, and 24 hours a day on weekends and bank holidays. The service can be contacted by dialling 111. Your case will be dealt with over the phone by a nurse or doctor and if it can't be resolved over the phone, you will be asked to go to one of the clinical bases.
Urgent Care Centre, Corby
This service is for the assessment and treatment of conditions which you think cannot wait for a GP appointment at your own practice, and require urgent and necessary attention.
Corby Urgent Care Centre is open to all residents of Northamptonshire and is open 7 days a week, 8am till 8pm.
An online health guide has been produced to help remind people on their different treatment options and top tips for enjoying the bank holiday weekend. The guide can be viewed here.