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Be wise and look after yourself this bank holiday

The summer bank holiday is fast approaching on Monday 26 August. Many of us will be making plans for the break, however if you are unfortunate enough to have an illness or injury over the long weekend, don’t panic, following the information below will get you on your feet in no time.

Health bosses at NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) suggest you could be getting better sooner if you contact NHS111 online or over the telephone or see your local pharmacist.

Some local pharmacies are open on bank holiday Monday and may be able to give you the advice and medication you need, without having to wait to see your GP. Visit the CCG’s website to see which local pharmacies will be open:

https://www.blackburnwithdarwenccg.nhs.uk/
https://eastlancsccg.nhs.uk/

The NHS 111 free phone number is also available any time day or night. Trained call handlers can give you the advice you need, or direct you to the service best for your need.
Dr Preeti Shukla, Clinical Lead at NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG said:

“It’s always a good idea to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet, no matter what time of the year it is. Most people don’t realise but for under £10, you can fill your medicine cabinet with a range of painkillers, antihistamines and treatments for minor ailments.”

“If you’re out and about over the bank holiday weekend, you could add a small first aid kit to your bag or the boot of the car, just in case. Drinking plenty of water to make sure you are hydrated and protecting yourself from the sun are also simple ways to take care of yourself.”

For further information please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/