With the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend approaching many families are planning to have a break in one of the UK’s holiday hotspots or to stay with family or friends in another part of the country.
Happily, most holidays go to plan, but it’s worth knowing what to do if one of your group falls ill whilst you are away.
Planning ahead is the best way to avoid holiday health hassles, so remember to order any repeat prescriptions you will need before you go. You can do this online if you’re signed up for GP online services. If not, contact your GP practices for more information.
If one of you does develop a minor illness, or have a bump or scrape during the break, it’s quick and easy to get medical advice at the local pharmacy. You can ask to speak to the pharmacist. They have professional training and will be able to recommend over-the-counter medicines for many minor conditions. They can also advise if they think you need to see another healthcare professional. It is usually possible to arrange a consultation with the pharmacist in a separate room if you need privacy.
If it’s urgent but not an emergency contact NHS 111 online or call NHS 111. The highly trained staff will tell you the best course of action based on the symptoms and services open in the area.
If you do need to see a GP when staying away from home, you should contact your own GP practice in the first instance or call NHS 111 out of hours for help and advice.
And finally, to increase your chances of enjoying your holiday rather than rushing around the shops, make sure you pack a first aid kit. Once again www.nhs.uk has all the information you need about what to include.