Be prepared for the New Year Bank Holiday

Local health services across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin are encouraging people to be prepared ahead of the New Year Bank Holiday.

This follows a significant amount of people calling the GP out-of-hours service, Shropdoc, over the past few days. Many of the calls taken by Shropdoc have been from people who could have received support from their local pharmacist or simply helped themselves by making sure they got their repeat prescriptions in time for the holiday season.

Emmanuel Le Goff, Operations Director at Shropdoc said:

"We have been really busy over the past day or so, taking around 2,000 calls in 24 hours.  And whilst we help everyone that we can, some people can help themselves ahead of the New Year by making sure they have got any repeat prescriptions from the pharmacist before the long Bank Holiday weekend, and also by making sure they have an appropriately stocked medicine cabinet.”

With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, local pharmacists are on-hand to help people get better quickly. They can offer advice on how to treat a number of illnesses and ailments – and no appointment is required.

If it’s not an emergency and you’re not sure what to do or where to go, people and also call NHS 111 for free advice and support.  Just dial ‘111’ from any phone.  If face-to-face medical advice is needed, NHS 111 will signpost to the right local service.

To find out which pharmacies are open over the New Year Bank Holiday, click here

For more information, also see:

Check the Pharmacy First Common Ailments Scheme:
http://shropdoc.org.uk/pharmacy-first-common-ailments-scheme/

The list of pharmacies participating to that scheme are:
http://shropdoc.org.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Common-Ailments-Sign-Up-13122016-GH.pdf