People are being urged to order repeat prescription medicine well before the Easter break.
Many pharmacies are closed or have reduced hours over the holiday.
Cath Johnson, head of nursing and quality manager at NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you have repeat prescriptions, I would strongly advise you to ensure you have enough medication to cover you over the Easter break, if you don’t then request a repeat prescription in good time before the holiday weekend. However, if you do run out of prescription medicine and do not have a prescription from your GP, you can obtain an emergency supply from your regular pharmacy. If your regular pharmacy is closed, then a supply can be obtained from another pharmacy by showing your medicines packaging to them.”
Pharmacists can advise on common illnesses such as coughs, colds, aches, pains and skin rashes.
Dr Gordon Sinclair, clinical chair at NHS Leeds West CCG, said: “Pharmacies play an important role as they help to reduce the pressure on local accident and emergency departments by providing an alternative option for common or minor health concerns, illnesses or injuries. If your pharmacy is closed then please call NHS 111 for any common health conditions rather than calling 999 or going to already stretched accident and emergency departments.”
People are advised to call NHS 111 if they still feel unwell after seeing their pharmacist or if their local surgery is closed. For a full list of Leeds pharmacies opening times for the Easter bank holiday visit: www.leedswestccg.nhs.uk/content/uploads/2017/03/Easter-pharmacy-opening-hours-2017.pdf