Families encouraged to Stay Well this Whitsun holiday

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With schools breaking up for the Whitsun holiday NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding families of the health services available in the area.

Cuts, bruises, bumps and grazes are some of the most common occurrences when children are off school, most of which can be treated by self-care. It’s vital to make sure you choose the most appropriate NHS service to ensure your family receives quick and convenient treatment.

If you take regular medications make sure you order your repeat prescriptions with your local GP and pharmacy ahead of the bank holiday weekend to keep you and your family well.

Here are our top tips:

1. Where possible, self-care and remember you can always seek advice from NHS 111 which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is free to call, or alternatively you can visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk

2. Don’t forget you can also speak to your local pharmacist, who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Local pharmacy hours over the bank holiday are available here: https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/news-a-events/1958-may-bank-holidays-2018-pharmacy-opening-in-sandwell-west-birmingham 

3. Injuries that give more cause for concern such as sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds can be treated at the pharmacy or by calling NHS 111 where a trained advisor can arrange to get you the right treatment including booking you an out-of-hours' doctor appointment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including weekends and bank holidays.

4. When the sun is shining, remember to wear a hat and light, loose-fitting clothes and drink regularly to keep hydrated - even if you do not feel thirsty. Water or fruit juice are best

5. Remember to put on sunscreen, especially on children with a SPF of at least 15 every two hours. Avoid being in the sun for periods of times during the hottest times of the day, which are usually between 11.00am and 3.00pm. You can benefit from more sun safety tips here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/sunscreen-and-sun-safety/

For more information on the range of health services available, visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search