GPs urge residents to use NHS services wisely over the bank holiday weekend

Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. ENGANL00120131218150801
Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group. ENGANL00120131218150801
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GPs are urging people to be prepared and use NHS services wisely over the bank holiday weekend.

They are advising residents to ensure they have well stocked medicine cabinets and have enough repeat prescription medication.

Dr Mark Shenton, a GP in Stowmarket and chairman of the NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Please remember that your hospital’s emergency department (A&E) is for life-threatening emergencies only and staff are busy saving people’s lives.

“A&E shouldn’t be seen as an alternative to your GP so please consider the other options available to you.

“GP practices will be closed on Monday, May 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, May 3. If you have an urgent medical question that can’t wait until your GP practice is open then please call NHS 111. You can dial 111 anytime day or night, the service never closes and you will speak to a Suffolk-based trained advisor who will give you the best advice to meet your needs.”

Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of the NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “Some pharmacies will be open for limited hours on Monday, May 2. You shouldn’t underestimate the knowledge your pharmacist has. They can offer help and advice for many medical conditions.”