People living across Lancashire and South Cumbria have been urged to be ready for Easter by planning ahead for repeat prescriptions and using the most appropriate NHS service.
GP surgeries will be closed during the Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday on 15 and 18 April.
For any urgent care needs, patients are asked to visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 to be signposted to the most appropriate service. This could be a walk-in centre, pharmacy or an out-of-hours GP appointment.
In a life-threatening situation, people should always call 999.
A number of pharmacies will remain open and can help people deal with minor ailments and illnesses, and provide expert advice. To find your nearest pharmacy and when it is open, visit the Lancashire and South Cumbria Health and Care Partnership website or view the table at the bottom of this page.
By re-stocking their medicine cabinets if needed, knowing when their GP surgery is open, and planning ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions, people can ensure they make the most of the Easter holiday.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, the 24/7 Crisis Line is available on 0800 953 0110.
Dr Peter Gregory, associate medical director for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “The Easter holiday period can be a very busy time for NHS services, and using the 111 service online will help us treat patients in the right setting. This could also help keep staff free to deal with serious or life-threatening emergencies.
“It is also worth checking your general medicine cabinet before the bank holiday to make sure it is well stocked with essentials such as paracetamol, cough and cold remedies, antihistamines, and plasters and bandages.
“These can all be bought cheaply from supermarkets or pharmacies and your local pharmacist can also provide free, confidential, expert advice and treatment for a variety of common complaints.”
Kath Gulson, executive chair of Community Pharmacy Lancashire, said: “Making sure you have the right medicines could make all the difference. Taking daily medication is an important part of treatment for those with long-term health problems such as asthma and diabetes. People can be seriously ill if they run out of medicines and may need to be admitted to hospital, which can be avoided by ordering your prescription early.”
Pharmacy times in West Lancashire
|Pharmacy||Address||Number||Friday 15 April||Sunday 17 April||Monday 18 April|
|Asda Pharmacy||Ingram Road, Skelmersdale||01695 567010||10am – 4pm||CLOSED||10am – 4pm|
|Aspire Pharmacy||9 Railway Road, Ormskirk, L39 2DN||01695 580 022||CLOSED||10am – 1pm||CLOSED|
|Boots Pharmacy||20 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6ND||01695 725 339||10am – 4pm||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Morrisons in-store Pharmacy||Park Road, Ormskirk, L39 3RB||01695 573 289||9am – 6pm||CLOSED||10am – 4pm|
|Rowlands Pharmacy||1 Dingle Road, Upholland, Skelmersdale, WN8 0EN||01695 622446||CLOSED||1pm – 4pm||CLOSED|