Leicester Mercury

Health help over Easter

ALTERNATIV­ES WHEN GP PRACTICE SHUT

- By FINVOLA DUNPHY finvola.dunphy@reachplc.com @finvoladun­phy

PATIENTS are being urged to take account of the closure of most GP practices over the Easter weekend.

The NHS in Leicester, Leicesters­hire and Rutland said other services will remain open.

Leicesters­hire’s Clinical Commission­ing Groups said most GP practices will be closed on Monday.

The majority of pharmacies will be open on Monday but 24 branches will be closed in Leicesters­hire on Easter Sunday.

People who take regular medication may not be able to get a repeat prescripti­on over the holiday.

A spokesman for the CCGs said: “If your GP is closed and you need urgent health advice, you can contact NHS 111.

“Pharmacies and chemists will be available if you need profession­al health advice.

“If you need to see a nurse or doctor, NHS 111 can arrange an appointmen­t at a local health centre.”

Four practices are open today for booked appointmen­ts for their own registered patients only. They are:

Victoria Park Health Centre, Leicester, 8.30am to noon; Merridale Medical Centre, Leicester, 8.30am to 12.30pm; Heatherbro­ok Surgery, Leicester, 9am to 5pm; and, Silverdale Medical Centre, Thurmaston, 9am to noon.

The spokesman said: “NHS 111 provides self-care advice on common ailments and, if necessary, can arrange for you to see a nurse or doctor at one of the Healthcare Hubs in Leicester or urgent care centres in the county and Rutland.”

People with any symptoms of coronaviru­s should not go to any services in person, unless an appointmen­t has been made in advance. The spokesman said: “If you need medical help or have any health concerns over the bank holiday, please do not be put off from seeking help.

“Please understand that the NHS is here for you, and you should still seek medical help if you need it.”

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