HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG). I’M sure many of us are look­ing for­ward to a well-earned Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day, and rightly too!

How­ever, I would also like to take this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind pa­tients to plan ahead.

I would strongly ad­vise those with re­peat pre­scrip­tions to call into their GP prac­tice or lo­cal phar­macy in good time, as most prac­tices need at least 24 hours to process a re­peat pre­scrip­tion re­quest.

Al­ter­na­tively, lo­cal phar­ma­cists can give ad­vice on com­mon health prob­lems and some are open over the Bank Hol­i­day.

The Mac­cles­field phar­macy open­ing times are as fol­lows: ●● Tesco, Hi­bel Road – 11am-4pm ●● Boots, The Grosvenor Cen­tre – 11am-4pm ●● Sains­bury’s, Cum­ber­land Street – 7am-11am ●● Peak Phar­macy, We­ston Square – closed ●● Tyther­ing­ton Phar­macy, The Shop­ping Precinct – closed ●● The Co-op­er­a­tive, Park Lane – closed ●● The Co-op­er­a­tive, Sun­der­land Street – closed ●● The Co-op­er­a­tive, Bollin House – closed ●● An­drews Phar­macy, Kennedy Av­enue – closed ●● Wa­ters Green Med­i­cal Cen­tre – closed ●● Lloyds Phar­macy, Char­lotte Street – closed ●● Lon­don Road Phar­macy – closed ●● Row­lands Phar­macy, Welling­ton Road, Bolling­ton – closed ●● The Vil­lage Phar­macy, Uni­corn House, Prest­bury - closed

Visit east­erncheshire ccg.nhs.uk/Your-Health/ Phar­macy.htm for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and phar­macy open­ing hours in other ar­eas of eastern Cheshire.

We want peo­ple to have fun and stay safe over the Bank Hol­i­day, and a lit­tle bit of for­ward plan­ning will re­ally help with that.

For those with longterm health prob­lems, tak­ing daily med­i­ca­tion is an im­por­tant part of your treat­ment, and many peo­ple are at risk of suf­fer­ing se­ri­ous at­tacks or hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion if med­i­cal sup­plies run out.

Phar­ma­cies are also the ideal place over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end to get over-the-counter reme­dies and ad­vice for mi­nor prob­lems such as coughs and colds or ail­ments like bumps and grazes – things that don’t re­ally need a visit to the doc­tor or hos­pi­tal.

If you be­come un­well over the Bank Hol­i­day week­end or need med­i­cal ad­vice when your GP surgery is closed, you can ac­cess GP out of hours ser­vices at Mac­cles­field Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal by call­ing 01625 502999.

Of course many parts of the NHS will be open as nor­mal, in­clud­ing the A&E depart­ment at Mac­cles­field Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and the mi­nor in­juries unit at Con­gle­ton War Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

The mi­nor in­juries unit can treat bro­ken bones, mi­nor burns and mi­nor head in­juries, but those with more se­ri­ous con­di­tions such as chest pains and breath­ing prob­lems should visit A&E.

Pa­tients can get ad­vice on choos­ing the right health ser­vice by vis­it­ing east­erncheshireccg.nhs. uk/Your-Health/Ur­gent­Care-And-Other-Op­tions. htm.

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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