GP surg­eries will be closed over Easter hol­i­day break

Cynon Valley - - ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE - THOMAS DEA­CON thomas.dea­con@waleson­

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

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