Doctors are urging families to stock-up on essential medicines and basic first aid items ahead of the Easter holidays and the extended closure of pharmacies and GP surgeries in the region.
Dr Mark Shenton, chairman of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The Easter holidays can be a busy time for many of us, which is why it’s important to be ready and able to deal with unexpected injury or illness.
“One of the best things you can do is to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet. It’s not expensive to stock up with the basic items that will help you treat yourself or your family in the event of minor injury or illness.”
He added that it was important patients had enough repeat prescriptions.
Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “There will be some pharmacies open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday, so you should take a note of the location and opening times of the pharmacy that’s nearest to you.
“Don’t forget your pharmacist is an expert and can offer help and advice, as well as over-the-counter medicines that can help you deal with minor conditions.
“If you have forgotten to order your regular medicine from your GP and run out over the holiday period, your pharmacist may be able to help by providing an emergency supply.
“Please remember to take your repeat slip or empty packs with you to show the pharmacist what you usually take.”
The NHS 111 freephone number will be available 24 hours a day throughout the holidays if urgent medical advice is required.
Locations and opening times of pharmacies across the holidays can be found at www.ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk.