The Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reminding local people to choose the most appropriate health service this Easter to ensure their bank holiday plans aren’t left unhatched.
The Easter bank holiday weekend often marks a boom in DIY and local health commissioners are urging residents to take extra care when taking on those DIY tasks and, in the event of an injury, only to use A&E in a genuine emergency.
It is also important to plan ahead for repeat prescriptions as GP practices and pharmacies in the area may be closed or working shorter days over Easter.
Ailments such as coughs, flu-like symptoms and upset stomachs can often be treated at home simply by having a well-stocked medicine cabinet. Local pharmacies can supply the right items and also provide expert advice over the Easter break on how to treat many common illnesses and minor injuries.
Reading residents can also dial 111 they’re unsure which NHS service they need. NHS111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a great way to get the right medical advice at a busy time of year for the NHS.
By choosing the right NHS service this Easter, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time, and also ensure that emergency services are kept free for those needing urgent care.