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Dr Richard Davies - health column

Many of you reading this month’s column will no doubt be enjoying some time with family and friends over the extended bank holiday weekend.

A lot of people are very busy over Easter but it’s important to take a little time to ensure that you’re prepared if you, or someone you know, becomes injured or unwell.

Over the weekend some NHS services, including GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed, or have reduced opening hours, until Tuesday morning (18 April) so it’s important to get organised.

Many minor complaints such as coughs and colds can be treated by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

If you need medical help and advice during this time, a number of services are available to make sure you get the support that you need.

NHS 111 is available for any health related issue that’s not a 999 emergency and this service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.

The Minor Injury Unit in Bromsgrove is also available for minor conditions and injuries such as cuts, sprains and minor burns. You can find out more about Minor Injury Units on the Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust website: www.hacw.nhs.uk/our-services/minor-injuries-units

Pharmacies in Redditch and Bromsgrove will have a range of opening times, so visit the NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG website: (www.redditchandbromsgroveccg.nhs.uk) to see when your local pharmacy is open.

If you’re condition is serious or a life-threatening emergency, always dial 999 immediately or go to your nearest A&E department.

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