SALFORD’S health chiefs are encouraging city residents to give thought to any potential healthcare needs they might have ahead of Easter as many GP surgeries look to close on Thursday 13 April at 6.30pm and reopen on Tuesday 18 April at 8am.
Dr Tom Tasker, Chair of NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Naturally, many people will be looking to relax, take time out and enjoy themselves over the holiday period. So, it’s understandable that one of the last things on people’s minds could be ill-health.
“However, I want to remind people to think ahead and order any medication that they might need over that period so that they don’t run out.”
Dr Tasker (pictured) added: “There are other options than your GP available if people do encounter any medical problems. As always, the first option in a non-emergency situation should be to call NHS 111.
“The 111 telephone number is fast, easy and puts you through to a highly-trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and direct you to the best medical care for you.”
In addition to the 111 service, a small number of pharmacists in Salford will open over certain periods over Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
To find out which pharmacists are open, and when, visit the NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group website www.salfordccg.nhs.uk/pharmacies as well as following the updates on both Twitter (@SalfordCCG) and Facebook pages www.facebook.com/SalfordCCG .
?Remember, always call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk.