DOCTORS across Hampshire are urging people to plan ahead for healthcare ahead of the bank holiday.
Those who need medical help are being advised to try pharmacies or minor injuries units before going to the A&E department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.
An spokesman for NHS South Commissioning Support Unit said: ‘Pharmacists can do much more than dispense medicines – they also provide healthcare advice, without an appointment, on everyday ailments, potentially saving you a visit to your GP or elsewhere.
‘Your pharmacist can also help you be prepared for when minor illnesses or accidents strike by advising you on what to have in your home medicine cupboard, including basics such as painkillers, thermometer, plasters and dressings; and antiseptic.
‘If you want to speak to someone about a health issue that don’t forget that you can ring NHS 111 for medical advice and help.’