Five steps to a healthy Easter

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NHS Calderdale is advising people to take five simple steps to look after their health and prepare for the Easter holiday period.

By making sure they have a supply of over the counter medicines, knowing when their GP surgery is open, using their local pharmacy, checking their repeat prescriptions, and using the 111 service for health advice, they can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday weekend.

This year many GP surgeries across Calderdale will close for four days from Good Friday (April 18) to Easter Monday (April 21), before re-opening on Tuesday April 22.

Dr Alan Brook said: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for local health services so we want to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure illness doesn’t ruin their Easter.

“Being prepared by having enough repeat medication to cover you and having some simple home remedies available can make all the difference if illness strikes. It is also important to plan ahead for any required repeat prescriptions over the Easter break, so please order and collect in good time. Make sure you have plenty of medical supplies in the house, for example some simple pain-killers, a paediatric paracetamol mixture for children and an adequate supply of any regular medications you are being prescribed by your doctor.

“Remember, your local pharmacy can give advice on a wide range of conditions and you don’t always need to go to your GP practice.”

Here are five recommendations to help you prepare:

1. Restock your medicine cabinet if needed

Common ailments such as colds can often be effectively treated at home

with readily available medicine such as pain relief, cough mixture and cold remedies. Parents are reminded to restock their medicine cabinet with child-friendly remedies.

2. Use your local pharmacy

Your pharmacist can offer advice or help if you need over-the-counter remedies or have run out of any prescribed medication. You can also pick up plasters and antiseptic creams to prepare for any minor accidents.

3. Make sure you have enough repeat prescription.

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.

4. Know when your GP surgery will be open

Your local doctor’s surgery may be closed for four days during the Easter weekend from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

5. Call 111 for health advice

If you have a health concern and are not sure which service you need then call 111 for health advice. In an emergency you should call 999.