For health care over Easter

Patients are urged to help the NHS by using healthcare services wisely over the Easter weekend. Going to the right place for treatment or advice will mean everyone can get the help they need more quickly.

For minor inuries and illness, peope shoulf self-care at home using a well stocked first aid kit, containing antispetic cream, plasters and painkillers.

A wide range of healthcare advice on minor illnesses, infections, headaches, emergency contraception and coughs and colds, is also available from local pharmacists, many of which are open over the weekend.

If it is urgent but not an emergency you can call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the freephone number is manned by trained advisors who can offer advice or arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse if appropriate.

The NHS walk-in centre at Rouen House in Rouen Road, Norwich, is open between 7am and 9pm every day. A nurse-led centre, it can help with a range of issues, including minor cuts and wounds, strains and sprains, flu-like symptoms, skin complaints and stomach problems. You can simply walk in, without an appointment.

The Minor Injuries Unit based at Cromer is also open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Patients can turn up without an appointment and receive treatment for minor injuries such as minor wounds, burns or simple fractures.

Finally, anyone who needs a repeat prescription is being encouraged to order and collect it in advance of the bank holiday weekend. Pharmacies and NHS 111 can help with emergency prescriptions where necessary.

For a list of pharmacies in Norfolk which will be open over the Easter weekend, visit http://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/03/norfolk-easter-opening-hours-17.pdf