People across Luton and Bedfordshire are being urged to “think pharmacy first” over the long Easter holiday weekend. Photo by Tbel Abuseridze on Unsplash

Pharmacies can help with a wide range of minor ailments

With GP surgeries closed for Easter, people are being encouraged to visit their high street pharmacy if they have any minor health concerns. Many will be open over the four-day Easter break.

Tess Dawoud is a pharmacist and Deputy Head of Medicines Optimisation for Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG). She says if you’re feeling unwell over the holiday, visiting your high street pharmacy can quickly get you on the road to recovery.

“Local pharmacists are highly experienced healthcare professionals who will be able to offer excellent advice for treating a wide range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as back pain, sore throats, upset stomach or skin rashes.

“If you’re not sure what medicine you need for your particular ailment, your local pharmacist can advise you. Pharmacies stock a large range of medication and can help people refill their medicine cabinet at home to treat minor illnesses.”

Patients whose treatment requires medication on a repeat prescription should make sure they have enough to see them over the bank holiday weekend.

Fiona Garnett, Bedfordshire CCG assistant director and Head of Medicines Optimisation, said:

“In the hectic run-up to Easter some people forget to order their prescription in time. If you do run out, don’t worry. Your local pharmacist can, if it’s immediately necessary, issue an emergency supply of most prescribed medication.”

To check what time your local pharmacy in Bedfordshire is open over the bank holiday weekend click here and for opening times in Luton click here.

If you or a member of your family are feeling unwell over the Easter holiday and you’re unsure which medical service is most suitable for you, call NHS111. This is a free service offering expert medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.