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People are being asked to check their medication supplies now in advance of what is expected to be a busy period for NHS services over the upcoming Easter bank holiday (29 March-1 April).

Most pharmacies across Bradford District and Craven will be closed on Friday 29 March and Monday 1 April, meaning any person whose medicine runs out over the long weekend could have to wait longer than normal for their supply to be replenished.

To avoid this and ensure health is not put at any unnecessary risk, people are being asked to submit any repeat prescriptions that are due for renewal well in advance of the bank holiday.

With accident and emergency services typically very busy during this period, Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership is also reminding the public to use 111.nhs.uk as a first port of call for fast and effective advice for non-emergencies.

Helen Farmer, Director for Access to Care at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “As Easter approaches, we’re asking everyone in the area to ensure they’re prepared for their medical needs.

“This means ordering in advance any repeat prescriptions you may need to last over the bank holidays, particularly if you have a long-term condition where the consequences could be serious if medications run out. This can be done via your GP practice or using the NHS App. A small number of pharmacies may remain open on the bank holidays so please check online to find the closest one to you if required.”

“We want you to stay happy, healthy at home and by using services such as 111.nhs.uk this can help relieve pressure on busy NHS 111 phone lines and A&E departments.”

People are being encouraged to have a small stock of basic medicines in case needed for minor illnesses or injuries and are advised to ask local pharmacists for advice on what medicines to keep at home.

Emotional support is also available over this period through Guide-Line between 8am and 12am on 08001 884 884 or the Healthy Minds website to get help. For 24/7 urgent mental health crisis support, people should contact First Response on 0800 952 1181.