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Get speedy healthcare advice this Easter Bank Holiday

Get speedy healthcare advice this Easter Bank Holiday

The NHS is encouraging people in Newcastle and Gateshead to visit a pharmacist if they need quick access to health advice and treatment over the Easter bank holiday.

With information on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist can save time in the waiting room and help you feel better fast.

Many pharmacies will remain open over the bank holiday weekend, when other services may not be available.

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP Dr Guy Pilkington said: “All community pharmacies in Newcastle and Gateshead are taking part in Think Pharmacy First.

“If you don’t normally pay for your medicines, then you don’t need to pay with Think Pharmacy First – you can get them free and over the counter after a consultation with your local pharmacist.

“Using pharmacies takes the pressure off A&E departments in the region, freeing up staff there for real emergencies. If you’re not feeling well over Easter, please consider getting advice from a pharmacist, or dial NHS 111 for more urgent, but not life-threatening, matters.”

Dr Craig Melrose, medical director at NHS England Cumbria and the North East, added: “Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“As most GP surgeries will be closed on Monday we would also encourage patients to order any medication they need as soon as possible so they have a good supply during the bank holiday.”

Pharmacy opening hours in Newcastle and Gateshead can be found here.

Information on walk-in centres, urgent care centres or minor injuries units can be found here. Patients can type in their postcode on the website to find their nearest services.