NHS campaign urges people to ‘be prepared’ this Easter

A NHS campaign is urging people to take early action if they start to feel unwell this Easter.

The message to ‘be prepared and stay well’ over the holiday period encourages people most at risk, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the Easter holiday period and to know what to do if they get ill.

This includes seeking advice from a pharmacist as soon as possible and before any illness gets more serious, and ordering prescriptions in advance.

Dr Jonathan Slade, NHS England’s Deputy Medical Director, in Cumbria and the North East, and a practicing GP, said: “Simple steps can be taken to stay well over the Easter period and reduce the chance of serious illness.

“Pharmacies offer convenient, expert advice to people who have the first signs of illness. If you feel your illness is more urgent and need advice about where to go for medical treatment, then you should call NHS 111 – advice is available 24/7.

“Please order you prescription medicines in advance and make sure you are stocked up for the holiday period.”

The ‘be prepared’ call comes at a time when the NHS has faced increased, sustained pressure and unprecedented demand following severe cold weather. There is also a spike in demand on NHS services during the Easter holiday.

Norovirus is continuing to affect NHS trust sites across the region. The virus, which usually starts with a sense of ‘feeling sick’ followed by vomiting and diarrhoea, is highly contagious. Anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should stay away from hospital sites, unless their visit is absolutely necessary.

Dr Jeremy Rushmer, Executive Medical Director, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We remain very busy as our beds continue to be full caring for those recovering from illness following the cold weather. Our staff will be working incredibly hard over the Easter period to deliver an excellent service but our services are still in high demand so we need the public to help – please don’t come to A&E unless it is a genuine emergency.

“If you or someone close to you has norovirus please do not come into hospital unless it is absolutely critical. Norovirus cannot be treated and is easy to spread to other patients, their families and our staff.”

Dr Nick Roper, Clinical Director at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are still facing severe pressure following the cold weather. Our staff will be working incredibly hard over the Easter period to deliver an excellent service but we need the public to help – please don’t come to A&E unless it is a genuine emergency. And please do not visit our sites if someone you know has symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness.”

If you care for children, the child health app is free to download and offers a wealth of advice and support.

Dr Jonathan Slade added: “General practices will be offering services over the holiday period but you can help ease pressure at a busy time by choosing which service you use wisely.

“For many ailments such as coughs and colds, people don’t need to go to A&E or their local GP practice and are better off taking some paracetamol, drinking plenty of fluids and resting.”

NHS HAST CCG pharmacy opening times:

Pharmacy Address Telephone Number Good Friday

30th March 2018

Easter Sunday

1st April 2018

Easter Monday

2nd April 2018

Asda Pharmacy Marina Way, Hartlepool

TS24 0XR,

01429 239 010 09:00 – 18:00 Closed 09:00 – 18:00
Asda Pharmacy Portrack Lane, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 2PB, 01642 623 300 09:00 – 18:00 Closed 09:00 – 18:00
Asda Pharmacy Allensway, Thornaby, Stockton on Tees, TS17 9EN 01642 768 410 09:00 – 18:00 Closed 09:00 – 18:00
Boots Pharmacy Anchor Retail Park, Marina Way, Hartlepool, TS24 0XR, 01429 224 068 07:30 – 11:40
12:00 – 20:40
21:00 – 00:00
Closed 09:00 – 11:40
12:00 – 17:00
Boots Pharmacy Unit 21b,Goodwood Square, Teesside Retail Park, Stockton-On-Tees, TS17 7BW, 01642 605 956 08:30 – 00:00 Closed 08:30 – 00:00
Boots Pharmacy 58-63 High Street, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1BE, 01642 675 624 08:30 – 17:30 Closed 10:00 – 16:00
Boots Pharmacy 89 Shopping Centre, Middleton Grange, Hartlepool, TS24 7RW, 01429 272 718 09:00 – 17:00 Closed 10:00 – 16:00
Boots Pharmacy 25 Queensway, Billingham, Cleveland, TS23 2ND, 01642 553 263 11:00 – 12:30
13:00 – 16:00
Closed 11:00 – 12:30
13:00 – 16:00
Boots Pharmacy Norton Primary Health Centre, Billingham Road, Norton, Stockton, TS20 2SA, 01642 553 970 09:00 – 13:00 Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy 12 Wrightson House, Mitchell Avenue, Thornaby, Stockton-On-Tees, TS17 9EP 01642 769 600 10:00 – 16:00 Closed Closed
Boots Pharmacy Hartlepool Community Health Centre, Park Road, Hartlepool, TS24 7PW, 01429 860 871 Closed 10:00 – 18:00 Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy 29 Wynyard Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS25 3LB, 01429 273 641 Closed 08:30 – 11:30 Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy Whitehouse Farm Shopping Centre, Bishopton Road West, Stockton, TS19 0QB 01642 678 614
01642 391 506
10:00 – 16:00 Closed 10:00 – 16:00
Morrisons Pharmacy Teesside Retail Park, Thornaby, Stockton-On-Tees, TS17 7BP, 01642 607 074 10:00 – 16:00 Closed 10:00 – 16:00
Norchem Healthcare The Pharmacy, Queens Park Surgery, Farrer Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 2AW 01642 674300 Closed 16:00 – 20:00 Closed
Pharmacy 365 161-162 High Street, Stockton, TS18 1PL 01642 633 433 10:00 – 16:00 10:00 – 16:00 10:00 – 16:00
Tesco Pharmacy Bellevue, Hartlepool, TS25 1UP 01429 672847 08:00 – 21:00 Closed 09:00 – 18:00
Tesco Pharmacy Durham Road, Stockton-On-Tees, TS21 3LU 01642 385247 09:00 – 18:00 Closed 09:00 – 18:00

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