Don’t forget your medication this Easter bank holiday

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The run up to Easter is well and truly on; the chocolate eggs have been bought and the Easter egg hunts planned, but don’t forget about your repeat medications.

By not ordering repeat prescriptions, it can make it more difficult for patients to get the medication they need over the break.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is urging the public to ensure they have enough medication to cover the Easter break and are also reminding patients what services will be open.

Dr Phil Mitchell, Medical Director at Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust said: “If you take repeat medication you should request your repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have adequate supplies for the Easter Bank Holiday period.

“Your GP surgery will be closed on Bank Holidays and not all pharmacies will be fully open either, so it’s important you pick up repeat prescriptions in advance.

“Most practices need at least 48 hours to process a repeat prescription request.

“For out of hours pharmacy opening time please visit: www.lincolnshirewestccg.nhs.uk/out-of-hours-services.”

If you do fall ill over the Bank Holidays you don’t have to rush to A&E.

For those on the East Coast, there is urgent care centres at Skegness Hospital on Dohothy Avenue and County Hospital, Louth.

These services are open 24 hours a day, providing urgent assessment, diagnosis and treatment, provided by teams of emergency nurse practitioners and an associate specialist doctor during the day, and a GP at night at Louth.

If the service cannot treat you safely, you may be referred or transferred elsewhere as necessary.

If you have had an injury in the Gainsborough or Spalding areas, then you can use the minor injuries units at John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough and Johnson Community Hospital, Spalding.

You will be seen and treated sooner and it leaves A&E for those with more serious cases.

If you are in Lincoln, you can visit the Walk-In Centre on Monks Road, for minor injuries and illnesses, health advice and information with no appointment necessary.

The centre is open 7 days a week, from 8am until 8pm, and is also open on all bank holidays apart from Christmas Day and Easter Sunday.

The Walk-in Centre will aim to see you within 30 minutes of being booked in at reception and will send a record of your consultation to your own GP and Health Visitor for consultations provided for children.