Need a repeat prescription? Please order early, and “Choose Well” for the bank holiday weekend.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney is urging patients who need regular medication to order it early, to ensure they have enough for the forthcoming bank holidays.

With Spring Bank Holiday on June 4 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on June 5 2012, it is particularly important that patients order their medication in good time.

Ian Small, of NHS Norfolk and Waveney’s prescribing and medicines management team, said: “Making sure that you have the right medicines makes all the difference when it comes to keeping well over weekends and bank holidays.  

“People who have long term health conditions and require regular medication should take stock now of their supplies and ensure they have enough to see them through the bank holiday period.”

Everyone needing medical attention for minor ailments is also being encouraged to “Choose Well”, and contact their local pharmacy. Community pharmacists can give prompt and professional advice, and may supply over-the-counter medicines to help various conditions.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney’s “Choose Well” initiative aims to help people find the most appropriate care for their condition.

A thermometer logo signposts the way:

* The first option is self care – many minor illnesses can be treated with rest and a well-stocked medicines cabinet at home. Make sure you have your regular medicines, plasters, medicines for colds, re-hydration sachets etc. If you have any concerns you can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

* Pharmacists will be able to offer you some advice about over-the-counter medicines – such as coughs and colds.

* If you have a minor injury or illness that needs treatment you should call your GP. Remember to book any appointments in good time so you can see your GP before the holiday period. The Out of Hours service is for urgent problems only, can it wait until morning?

* If you need to be seen immediately but you do not have a serious illness or injury, you can access the Timber Hill Health Centre in Castle Mall, Norwich (7am-9pm) or the Minor Injuries Unit at Cromer from 8am-8pm. Both are open 365 days a year.

* 999 and A&E are only for serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

In Great Yarmouth and Waveney the following services are available:

* NHS Greyfriars walk-in centre, Phoenix House, Howard Street South, Great Yarmouth. Open daily from 8am to 8pm. Appointments aren’t necessary. Call 01493 335340.

* Beccles MIU, Beccles Hospital, St Mary’s Road. Open daily from 8am to 8pm. Call 01502 719820. 

* Southwold MIU, Southwold Surgery, York Road. Open from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Call 01502 722326. 

* Halesworth MIU, Patrick Stead Hospital, Bungay Road. Open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Call 01986 872124.

Ian added: “We want everyone to have an enjoyable bank holiday weekend, and so we advise anyone needing medical care to follow the Choose Well message. Selecting the right service for your needs may reduce the time you wait for appropriate treatment. 

“If you know you will need to see a GP before the bank holiday, it is advisable to book an appointment as soon as possible, to ensure that you have appropriate advice and medication, if applicable, before the weekend.

“We encourage everyone to make their pharmacist their first port of call for minor ailments, rather than their GP.”

There are 174 community pharmacies across NHS Norfolk and Waveney’s area. 

Pharmacy opening times can be found at and at or you can call NHS Direct for details of pharmacy services available in your area on 0845 46 47.

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