GP surgeries will be closed over Easter holiday break
PEOPLE are being urged by Cwm Taf University Health Board to deal with any health problems before GP surgeries close for the Easter holidays.
The health board has also told people to check they have enough prescription medicine to see them through the holiday period, but not to order medication they do not need.
GP practices will be open as usual on Thursday, March 29, and will be closed on Friday, March 30, Saturday, March 31, Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 2.
Dr Shallini Subbu, clinical lead for the Cwm Taf University Health Board GP out-of-hours service, said: “Please make sure that routine problems or problems that may become urgent are dealt with by your own GP, if possible before the bank holiday.
“Visiting your own GP will be safer and better for you as your GP has access to your full health records and is supported by the GP practice staff.
“Also, your own GP can, if needed, arrange blood tests, X-rays and referral to a hospital specialist.
“This also means the out-of-hours service will not have to deal with routine GP work and can concentrate on helping those patients who may have more urgent health problems.”
The Cwm Taf GP out-of- hours service will be operational from 6.30pm on Thursday, March 29, until Tuesday, April 3, at 8am, but the service is designed to deal with patients with urgent medical conditions only.
The health board said urgent medical conditions are those which cannot wait to be dealt with until the patient’s own GP surgery reopens.
NHS Direct Wales can also be contacted on 0845 46 47 for advice if you are feeling unwell but the problem is not a medical emergency.
People are being urged to deal with any health problems before GP surgeries close for Easter