Together We Can: Get the care you need this Easter

With Easter on its way, the NHS in Kirklees is reminding people where they can get the help they need over the bank holiday weekend (15-18 April).

People who take regular medication are reminded to check they have enough supply to last over the long weekend. Repeat prescriptions can be managed through the NHS App (NHS.uk/app) or your GP’s online service. Running out of medication may require an emergency GP appointment.

GP practices will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday but appointments are still available over the Easter weekend with a GP or nurse through the extended access service.

Dr Khalid Naeem, Clinical Chair of Kirklees CCG and local GP said: “The NHS is still here for you and your family this Easter. Services are busy, so it’s important that you make the right choice to get the care you need. You can find advice on services available on the Together We Can website: www.togtherwe-can.com.”

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Community pharmacists can offer advice on the best treatment for health conditions such as tummy aches, sore throats or rashes. They will also advise if you need to speak to a doctor or practice nurse. Use the Together We Can pharmacy finder to find a pharmacy near you (togetherwe-can.com/find-a-pharmacy/). Some pharmacies will be closed over the bank holiday weekend, visit here to find opening times.

It’s always good to be prepared for common health conditions by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Useful items to have handy include appropriate pain relief for adults and children, cold and sore throat remedies and antihistamines. Visit the NHS website for information on what to keep in your first aid kit.

If you have an urgent medical condition, but it’s not an emergency, you should contact NHS 111 by phone or go online at 111.nhs.uk.

The walk-in centre based in the emergency department of Dewsbury and District Hospital provides health support and advice for minor illnesses or injury. It is open Bank Holidays, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm.

You should always call 999 in an emergency or when someone’s life is at risk. This includes severe bleeding, head injury, or if you think someone might be having a stroke or a heart attack.

People in Kirklees also have access to a mental health helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The confidential helpline offers support and guidance to anyone registered with a GP practice in Kirklees by calling free on 0800 183 0558.

As well as information and advice, trained telephone advisors can help people to access local mental health and emotional wellbeing support. People don’t have to have used mental health services before. Carers, or those concerned about a loved one or friend, can also call for advice.

Visit togetherwe-can.com for more information, help and advice.

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