Be prepared this Easter bank holiday

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In the run-up to the Easter bank holiday weekend NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group is asking local residents to be aware of the variety of local health services available to them should they become unwell.

If you need help during the Easter period do ensure you get help early, before your condition worsens. Remember your local pharmacist can help with much more than you may think and most pharmacies can provide a private consulting room for confidential conversations. You can visit www.sussexhelpmy.nhs to locate your nearest pharmacy and #HelpMyNHS to give the best care by making sure you and your loved ones get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

If your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed you can call 111, the NHS helpline, and speak to a trained advisor who will be able to offer health advice and reassurance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including during the Easter weekend.

Urgent care when it’s #notanemergency

Across the UK, up to 40% of A&E attendances could be better dealt with in alternative care settings. As we approach Easter, choosing wisely when it’s not an emergency not only helps hospitals under pressure to give prompt attention to those most in need, it means you will face shorter waits and get seen quicker, closer to home.

The Urgent Treatment Centre at Crawley Hospital is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to treat most injuries or illnesses that are not life threatening, including chest infections, sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries.

East Grinstead MIU, located at Queen Victoria Hospital, is a minor injuries unit run by emergency practitioners who are able to see, diagnose and treat a wide range of minor injuries and ailments for both adults and children over one year old. Open 8.00am-8.00pm daily. To find out more about what the service can help with visit www.qvh.nhs.uk/ minor-injuries-unit

Patients can walk in to any of these facilities – no referral or appointment is necessary.

Says Dr Laura Hill, local GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Crawley CCG: “Using your local Minor Injuries Unit or Urgent Treatment Centre will save you a potentially long wait at A&E, and allow staff there to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions.”

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