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12 April 2017
Press release

Hop to your pharmacy this Easter

If you’re feeling unwell this Easter, why not hop over to your local pharmacy and have a rabbit* with the pharmacist? The pharmacist could offer you 'eggsactly' the help and advice you need to get better.

Many pharmacies are open over the Bank Holiday weekend including Good Friday (April 14th), Easter Sunday (16th) and Easter Monday (17th). To see a list of opening times click HERE 

Dr David Egan, a local GP and prescribing lead for NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Many pharmacies are open when GP practices are closed. The pharmacy is the place to go to first if you are feeling unwell.

"Pharmacists are highly-trained professionals and are a great source of help and advice as well as over-the-counter medicine that could help you get better.

“You don’t need an appointment to speak with the pharmacist, who’ll be happy to help you advise you on the best course of action for your condition. Many pharmacies have a private room where you can speak confidentially and won’t be overheard.”

Dr Andrew Hassan, a member of the Governing Body of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The pharmacist can help you better enjoy the Easter holidays by advising you on what medicine cabinet essentials you should keep at home.

"By being prepared you can more easily deal with unexpected minor illness or injury. Stocking up on the basics such as paracetamol, anti-diarrhoea medicine, indigestion remedy and sticking plasters needn’t cost much.

“If you have forgotten to order your regular medicine from your GP and run out over the weekend your pharmacist may be able to help by providing an emergency supply. You’ll need to take your repeat slip or empty pack with you to show the pharmacist what you usually take.”

*Rabbit and pork is cockney rhyming slang for talk.

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