THIS EASTER THINK GP OR PHARMACY BEFORE A&E
People across the North East are being asked to help ease the pressure on NHS accident and emergency services over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
To help ease the pressure at a very busy time of year for A&E departments, the NHS is asking people with non-emergency health issues to call 111 to make a GP appointment or to visit a local pharmacy. In most cases, this will mean they receive the most appropriate advice and care much quicker.
Although some GP practices and pharmacies are closed over Easter, the NHS has been working to ensure people across the region will be able to access a GP appointment or pharmacist should they need one.
Advice for parents is also available on the free NHS child health app. The app has been developed by doctors, health visitors and pharmacists and can be downloaded from Google Play or Apple’s App Store, search NHS child health.
People are also being asked to make sure that their medicine cabinet and first aid kits are well stocked before Easter arrives and that repeat prescriptions are collected well before the bank holiday weekend.
Many urgent care and walk-in centres will also be open. To find out which services are open and at what times, call 111.
For local pharmacy opening hours, over the Easter period, people should log onto