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Have a healthy Easter

With Easter just a hop away, local GPs are urging people in Southampton to plan ahead and stay egg-stra healthy this bank holiday.

Dr Steve Townsend, Local GP and Chair of NHS Southampton City CCG said: "We are encouraging local people to take some time now to plan ahead, and be aware of the range of local health services we have here in Southampton – so they can enjoy the long weekend."

Now is the time to make sure you order any repeat medication you may need over Easter.

Along with dispensing your medicine, pharmacists are also experts in many aspects of healthcare and can provide advice, without an appointment, if you are feeling under the weather.

You can check local pharmacy opening times at over the Easter weekend on our website at 
http://www.southamptoncityccg.nhs.uk/local-services38/pharmacy-opening-times-easter-2014.

These times have been provided by the pharmacies so we advise you to 'phone before setting out to confirm opening hours.

Stocking up your medicine cabinet will also help you and your family treat any minor illnesses at home. For advice on what to keep in your self-care kit visit http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/pharmacy/pages/yourmedicinecabinet.aspx.

Dr Townsend added: "If you do need medical help, and you're not sure where to go – remember to call 111 first for advice."

The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Staff can put you in touch with the local health service that best suits your needs, such as an out-of-hours GP, emergency dentist or the local MIU. They can also dispatch an ambulance without delay, if required.

Your local MIU, based at the Royal South Hants Hospital, can help if you slip or trip while hopping around, and treat other minor injuries such as cuts, infections, sprains or minor fractures. There is also an emergency contraception and X-ray service. You don't need to book an appointment, just turn up and be seen on a first come, first serve basis.

The MIU is open seven days a week, 365 days a year from 8am - 10pm everyday (last patient booked at 9.30pm). Find out more about your local MIU, and how to get there, at http://www.solent.nhs.uk/service-info.asp?id=25&utype=1.

It is important to remember that the Emergency Department at your local hospital should be used for serious medical emergencies only – such as severe blood loss, chest pains or major injury.