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Have an Appy Easter!

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 12/03/2015 07:35:26

The NHS is urging everyone to make sure they are prepared for Easter by checking they have the medicine they need and downloading Health Help Now to their smartphones.

GP surgeries will be closed on Good Friday (3 April) and Easter Monday (6 April).

Dr Bob Bowes, Chair of NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "We're urging everyone who takes regular medication to check you have got enough to last until at least the week after Easter. If not, please request a repeat prescription in plenty of time, but make sure you only order what you need. Stockpiling lots of medication is potentially risky and wastes NHS resources.

"Please also take time to restock your medicine cabinets while shopping for Easter eggs and hot cross buns. It is much better to have painkillers or plasters in the house than have to drive around looking for them on Easter Day.

“I’d also urge everyone with a smartphone or computer to save the Health Help Now web app – www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net – or download the Health Help Now app from Google Play and the App Store.

“Health Help Now has lots of local information and can guide you to the service that will be best able to deal with your symptoms. It also shows when services, such as pharmacies are open or closed – which is invaluable at bank holidays.” 

Health Help Now was launched by the NHS in Kent and Medway to help people find the right treatment for health problems, especially when they are not sure what to do or who to contact. It has been used more than 45,000 times.

The downloadable version features a health wallet, where users can make notes about symptoms or questions they may need to ask a GP, keep a list of health appointments and contacts, save favourite pages from Health Help Now and view other useful apps.

If you need urgent medical help and it can’t wait until your GP practice reopens, phone 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Remember – A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies – such as suspected heart attack or stroke, loss of consciousness, heavy bleeding or severe burns.

Medicine cabinet
A well-stocked medicine cabinet should include:
• Painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen – including child versions if you have children under 12)
• Thermometer
• Plasters, bandages and sticking tape
• Antiseptic cream
• Sunscreen
• Rehydration salts
• Indigestion treatments
• Antihistamines (such as hay fever tablets and insect bite creams).

Pharmacies
Some pharmacies will be open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday, and those which normally open on Saturday will be open as usual on Easter Saturday. Pharmacists can provide advice on many common illnesses and advice on medication.
The following pharmacies will be open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Easter Monday:

Good Friday
Boots, 27 High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AD, 01732 863215. 10am to 4pm.
Tesco, Lunsford Park, Larkfield, ME20 6RJ, 01622 312040. 11am to 4pm.
Morrisons, Sutton Road, Maidstone, ME15 9NN, 01622 661750. 9am to 6pm.
Boots, 18 Fremlin Walk, Maidstone, ME14 1QP, 01622 663341. 8:30am to 6pm.
Boots, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BW, 01622 690751. 8am to 6pm.
Sainsbury’s, Otford Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5EG, 01732 469189. 6:30am to 8pm.
Boots, 120 High Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XA, 01732 454276. 8:30am to 6pm.
Boots, High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1SG, 01732 353587. 08:30am to 6pm.
East Street Pharmacy, Warders Medical Centre, East Street, Tonbridge TN9 1LA,
01732 770055. 4pm to 8pm.
Sainsbury’s, Linden Park Road, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 532569. 9am to 7pm.
Boots, 7-11 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 2TE, 01892 526486. 8am to 7pm.

Easter Sunday
Oaks Pharmacy, Admiral Moore Drive, Aylesford, ME20 7SE. 01622 882386. 4pm to 5pm.
Boots, 27 High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AD, 01732 863215. 11am to 12pm.
Bat & Ball Pharmacy, 133 St John’s Hill, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PE, 01732 453094
Greggswood Pharmacy, 106 Greggs Wood Rd, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3JG, 01892 540398. 4pm to 5pm.
Medipharmacy, 13 Tonbridge Rd, Maidstone, ME16 8RL, 01622 750785. 11am to 12pm.
Clarke & Coleman, 140 High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1BB, 01732 353743. 11am to 12pm.

Easter Monday
Boots, 27 High Street, Edenbridge, TN8 5AD, 01732 863215. 11am to 12pm.
Tesco, Lunsford Park, Larkfield, ME20 6RJ, 01622 312040.  11am to 4pm.
Morrisons, Sutton Road, Maidstone, ME15 9NN, 01622 661750. 9am to 6pm.
Boots, 18 Fremlin Walk, Maidstone, ME14 1QP, 01622 663341. 10am to 5pm.
Boots, King Street, Maidstone, ME14 1BW, 01622 690751. 10am to 5pm.
Sainsbury’s, Otford Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 5EG, 01732 469189. 10am to 5pm.
Boots, 120 High Street, Sevenoaks, TN13 1XA, 01732 454276. 10am to 4pm.
Boots, High Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1SG, 01732 353587. 10am to 4pm.
Sainsbury’s, Linden Park Road, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 532569. 9am to 7pm.
Boots, 7-11 Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 2TE, 01892 526486. 10am to 5pm.
East Street Pharmacy, Warders Medical Centre, East Street, Tonbridge TN9 1LA, 01732 770055. 4pm to 8pm.

Minor injuries
Trained nurses at minor injuries units can assess and treat cuts, sprains, minor burns, minor dislocations of the fingers and toes, minor eye injuries and removal of foreign bodies (for example, from ears or nose). Minor injuries units cannot treat babies under 12 months old.
Crowborough MIU, Crowborough War Memorial Hospital, Southview Road, Crowborough, TN6 1HB, 01892 603602. Open every day 8am to 8pm.
Sevenoaks MIU, Sevenoaks Hospital, Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PG, 01732 470200. Open 8am to 8pm every day.
Edenbridge MIU, Mill Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 5DA, 01732 862137. Open 8:30am to 6:30pm every day.

Helplines
Confidential emotional advice and guidance is open 24 hours a day every day from the Mental Health Matters helpline on 0800 107 0160 from landlines, and 03003 305486 from mobiles. Carers of people with dementia can call the 24/7 helpline on 0800 500 3014.

For emergency dental care, contact your own dentist first. At evenings, weekends and bank holidays you can call DentaLine on 01634 890300.