Most GP practices in Calderdale will close for the Easter period from 6.30pm on Thursday 18 April until 8.00am on Tuesday 23 April.
The NHS in Calderdale is asking people who may need access to medical services over the Easter period consider carefully and choose the right care for their needs.
Most common ailments can be treated at home by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet which should include:
- Pain relief, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen ( caution may be needed for people with asthma).
- Paediatric paracetamol oral suspension or ibuprofen syrups for children.
- Mild laxatives to relieve constipation.
- Cold relief products.
- Re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting, used to replace fluids during or after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea.
- Indigestion remedy.
- Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters and cut bandages.
- A thermometer to check for fever.
- A range of bandages, plasters, elastic bandages and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises.
If you need advice on how to treat minor illnesses or need some general health advice, talk to your local pharmacist. Pharmacists are healthcare professionals who, along with their teams, are able to advise on minor illnesses and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of action.
A number of pharmacies are open in Calderdale over the Easter period, details of which can be found at www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/easter
Calderdale GP Practices also have access to additional Primary Care appointments in our Improved Access Hubs, information of which can be found at www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/services
If you need medical help but it’s not an emergency, please don’t go to A&E. Call NHS 111, who will be able to assess the situation and direct you to the most suitable service, which could be an appointment with a local out-of-hours GP, if required.
Walk-in GP services will be available from Good Friday (19 April) through to Easter Monday, (22 April) from 8:00am to 8.00pm in the following locations:
- Park Community Practice – located in Horne Street Health Centre, Horne Street (off Pellon Lane), Halifax HX1 5UA.
- Calder Community Practice – located on the second floor in the Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden OL14 5RN.
Please remember that people should only use A&E or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations, such as:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping.
- Persistent, severe chest pain.
- Breathing difficulties.
- Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.
- Severe allergic reactions.
- Severe burns or scalds.
- Symptoms of stroke
Dr Majid Azeb, a GP at Southowram Surgery and clinical vice chair of Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“We are encouraging people to think about what their options other than going to A&E this Easter when their GP practice may be closed, such as the Improved Access Hubs across Calderdale, walk-in centres or a pharmacist, and keep A&E for genuine emergencies such as major injuries like broken limbs, loss of consciousness and shortness of breath.
“If you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency then we would encourage people to call NHS 111 who can direct you to the best help. They can also help you if you are unsure if you do need to go to A&E.”
For information on where to find your local GP practice, Improved Access Hubs, pharmacy or walk-in centre visit www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/services