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28 August 2015

Health Care

With the Bank Holiday weekend fast approaching Southend Hospital and local NHS leaders are reminding people of the NHS services available – and asking them not to go to A&E or ring 999 if it is not an emergency.

People are being urged to access appropriate treatment by making sure they use NHS 111, their local pharmacist, their own GP or the GP out-of-hours service (which is accessed via calling 111).

Local pharmacists do more than dispense medicine. They offer medical advice on coughs and colds, aches and pains, rashes and minor injuries. A patient doesn't need an appointment and will be referred to a GP if necessary.

Some local pharmacists have reported an increase in customers asking for medical advice as more people become aware of the range of services being offered, which includes answering questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines. Details of pharmacies open in south east Essex on Bank Holiday Monday can be found in Friday's Echo, which is available all weekend, along with information about a range of other health services options.

When it is not an emergency patients can also call NHS 111 which is a free 24-hour help and advice service.

Dr Roger Gardiner, Clinical Lead for NHS 111 and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG Governing Body member, said: "When you need health advice but it's not an emergency, you should call NHS 111. Over the Bank Holiday the NHS 111 team can also advise on which local GP and dental services are available."