Ensure you are medically ready for Easter break

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WITH Easter around the corner, the NHS is advising people to make sure their medicine cabinet is stocked up.

As Good Friday and Easter Monday approaches, primary care trust cluster Ship, which covers Portsmouth and Hampshire, wants to make sure people can treat themselves for minor problems.

And people should also remember pharmacies will be open at different times than usual over the break.

The advice is to check pharmacy opening hours before you make a trip, and remember to order repeat prescriptions in good time.

GP out-of-hours service should not be used for repeat prescriptions.

Dr Stuart Ward, medical director for the Ship cluster, said: ‘Many of us look forward to a four-day break over Easter, so the last thing we want is to feel unwell or to suffer a minor injury.’

‘Many simple ailments can be treated with a well-stocked self-care kit at home. Failing that, your pharmacy can provide reassuring advice on numerous health issues.’

For opening times, visit southamptonhealth.nhs.uk/ship/pharmacy/