Pharmacists can help over bank holiday

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Health chiefs are reminding people that a number of pharmacies will be open over August bank holiday.

This means patients can still access healthcare advice and support for common conditions from trained health professionals if their own GP practice is closed, says NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Dr Simon Stockill, GP at Kirkstall Lane Medical Centre and medical director at NHS Leeds West CCG, said: “Anyone falling ill over the extended weekend should consider visiting their local pharmacist in the first instance for expert advice on common ailments.

“It’s also important that if you need regular medication that you check that you have enough to last the bank holiday and you visit the pharmacy to get additional medication if needed.

“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.”

Some GP practices across Leeds will be offering extended opening hours over the bank holiday. For Leeds pharmacy opening times for the August bank holiday visit: www.leedswestccg.nhs.uk/health/services/feeling-unwell.

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