Dr Gary Howsam, CCG Clinical Chair and local GP said “Local health services are bracing themselves for a very busy time over the next couple of weeks, so it’s important people ensure they are prepared and choose the right service for their illness or injury.”
“Ordering and collecting new prescriptions can take several days, so do check you have enough medication or order in plenty of time. Coughs, colds and diarrhoea can easily be treated at home or with advice from your local pharmacist, many of which will be open across the weekend, even Easter Sunday.”
“If you do become unwell and need advice or medical treatment quickly, then you should call NHS 111 who will direct you to the local service that can best meet your needs. It is important that emergency services are left for those people who really need them.”
Neil Doverty, Chief Operating Officer at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals, said: “Over any bank holiday period we will often see an increase in patients seeking medical assistance from their local Emergency Department. Not all of these are appropriate for hospital treatment and could be treated faster in other health care facilities.
"With Easter being a four-day holiday for many people, we are braced for additional attendances. But we would like people to be aware that we prioritise treating the sickest first, so choosing the right service is vital to ensure a timely response. If it isn’t an emergency, please use alternatives, such as pharmacies, NHS 111 and minor injury units.”
Find out how to get medical help over Easter here.