Don’t let your health be an after thought

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Local health experts are asking people to prioritise looking after their health, to avoid issues over bank holidays, or trips away.

Clinicians from NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, are encouraging residents to plan ahead for health essentials, by collecting any repeat prescriptions well ahead of any bank holidays, breaks, or weekends away.

During bank holidays, most GP surgeries and pharmacies run reduced opening times. If you were to become ill or injured during one of these periods, a wide range of health services will still be available, such as the Minor Injuries Unit at Montagu Hospital. The Mexborough based service can treat a wide range of issues such as minor burns, cuts and grazes. Staff can also examine and treat superficial injuries to the eyes and ears and also arrange X-rays for suspected broken bones. Open 9am to 9pm every day of the year, except Christmas, the Minor Injuries Unit can often offer faster treatment than the Emergency Department and specialises in treating household knocks and scrapes.

Dr David Crichton, NHS Doncaster CCG chair, said: “Picking up repeat prescription in advance, over-the-counter medicines and knowing which services are available, such as the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre and others, can be the difference between a relaxing break, and a stay in a waiting room. Plan ahead of time and enjoy your holidays.”

Moira Hardy, acting director of nursing, midwifery and quality at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “It’s important to plan ahead for busy times or breaks away, so you’re not caught off guard. Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet with all the essentials.”