Pharmacy and GP services are available if you need them in Gloucestershire.
The NHS in Gloucestershire suggests some simple steps that could help avoid unneccessary trips to A&E over the winter period.
Advice on being prepared:
Be prepared - make sure you get any prescriptions and medicines you might need before any holiday season starts
Don’t forget to order your regular prescriptions in advance and make sure you collect enough medication to last throughout any holiday period
Remember to take your prescribed medication with you if you are visiting family or friends
If you need an urgent prescription because you have run out of your normal prescribed medicines, most community pharmacies can help
Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, with medicines such as paracetamol which can treat a number of everyday illnesses
Take early action - seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. Further advice can be found at: www.nhs.uk/staywell
If you do find yourself ill, injured or unwell, and are not sure where to seek help, here are a few useful pointers:
This ASAP website www.asapglos.nhs.uk provides information about lots of health conditions, looking after yourself and where to find the right help. You can also download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from your App store or pop into your local Pharmacy
- If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need from doctors and nurses working in the Gloucestershire Out of Hours service. This could include advice over the phone, a visit to a local primary care centre or a home visit
- Use Emergency Services wisely - call 999 only when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke
To find your nearest pharmacy, including details of opening hours over holiday periods, visit www.gloucestershireccg.nhs.uk or other local NHS websites including: www.asapglos.nhs.uk.