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30 March 2016

Advice for patients over the Easter break

Advice for people who need a repeat prescription

Health leaders are asking that residents with long term health conditions, or those taking regular medication, to ensure they have enough medication to last the long weekend - as some NHS services, such as GPs, will be closed from Thursday 24 March and will only reopen on Tuesday morning (29 March).  Having enough medication to hand will prevent your condition deteriorating, which could lead to a hospital admission.

Emergency pharmacies will be open on the bank holidays offering expert healthcare advice as well as emergency contraception and emergency prescriptions.

Full details of pharmacists' opening times are available on the Bristol / North Somerset / South Gloucestershire CCG websites.

Advice for parents

Young children are among the most likely to attend A&E for non-emergency injuries or illnesses, and could often receive the care they need from local NHS services without a hospital visit.

Local Minor Injury Units can provide emergency healthcare if you have suffered a fall, need stiches or an x-ray and waiting times usually shorter than in A&E and you will be seen by specialist practitioners.

When to go to A&E

A&E and 999 are for serious, life-threatening conditions such as loss of consciousness, heavy blood loss, severe chest pain, head injuries or a suspected stroke or heart attack. In these circumstances, don't hesitate - call 999 for immediate assistance.