NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG is urging local people to choose the right health services over the Easter break (19-22 April).

Dr Steve Ollerton, Chair, NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “Holidays are times when demand on emergency services increases dramatically so it is important that patients ask themselves if their illness or injury really needs emergency treatment. Sometimes self-care is the answer, especially for coughs and colds.

Be prepared for common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Useful items to have handy include appropriate pain relief for adults and children, cough, cold and sore throat remedies and antihistamines.

Dr Ollerton added: “A well-stocked medicine cupboard is essential, especially over holiday times. Having home remedies to hand means peace of mind. People should pop into their local pharmacies and ask for advice about essential items.”

For non-urgent, minor conditions, pharmacists are equipped to give advice on over the counter medications and treatments. A number of fully trained pharmacy teams will be available throughout the Easter weekend and should be your first point of call for any minor health condition. Most pharmacies (over 90%) now offer private consultation rooms for a confidential conversation, if required. Please check your local pharmacy website, or the CCG at this link, for specific opening times.

If you do need to see a GP, many practices offer evening and weekend appointments. An extended GP access service is also available at the Local Care Direct Hub based at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Appointments with a GP are available evenings, weekends and every day over the Easter period, including bank holidays. Patients can book an appointment through their GP practice and will be offered the most appropriate appointment.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including the entire bank holiday weekend for more urgent health concerns. The service is now available online at https://111.nhs.uk/, as well as by phone (dial 111) and should be accessed when your GP surgery is closed. You will receive a phone or online based assessment, and they will be able to refer you to the correct service as required.

People are urged to go to their local A&E department or dial 999 only in critical or life-threatening situations. Make the right choice for any medical concerns over the Easter break, stay safe and enjoy the long weekend