Families advised to plan ahead for Easter to ease pressure on emergency services

March 28 2017

HEALTH leaders in South Gloucestershire are urging people to start planning now for the forthcoming Easter bank holiday weekend.

HEALTH leaders in South Gloucestershire are urging people to start planning now for the forthcoming Easter bank holiday weekend.

With many GP surgeries closed for the duration of the holiday, they said steps should be taken to prepare for any health-related needs. That included collecting repeat prescriptions and having supplies of basic medicine cabinet items for minor ailments and illnesses.

With continuing pressure on hospitals, people are also being reminded to only use A&E and the 999 emergency service for serious and life-threatening emergencies.

  Dr Jon Hayes, a GP and clinical chairman of the South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Easter is always a busy time for local health services.

 “In particular, we’re urging people who have repeat prescriptions to make sure they have enough medication to last the long weekend, when many pharmacies and GP practices will be closed.

 “It’s also important that people who need urgent care use the right service for their needs and seek advice from 111 or the CCG website if they’re unsure.

“By choosing carefully, people can get the treatment they need sooner while also helping to relieve pressure on busy emergency services.”

Services such as the minor injuries unit in Yate, out-of-hours GPs and emergency pharmacists will all be available during the bank holiday.