Easter healthcare advice for Skegness residents and visitors

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With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend less than two weeks away, local health services are keen that residents and visitors know how to stay healthy and where to go in an emergency.

With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend less than two weeks away, local health services are keen that residents and visitors know how to stay healthy and where to go in an emergency.

Dr Stephen Baird of the Hawthorn Medical Pracitce said: “We want people to enjoy their stay in Skegness and it’s important that they take the right steps to look after themselves.

“The first thing to remember is to plan ahead where possible, especially with your medication. It is surprising how many people leave home and manage to forget their regular medication, or forget to renew their prescription. If you are unlucky enough to find yourself unwell or with an injury, and you do not think you will recover through rest at home, it’s important to choose the right healthcare service.”

Pharmacies are very useful sources of expert advice, particularly for relief from symptoms of less serious illnesses and injuries, including colds, sore throats and insect bites and stings. In the event you do manage to forget your medication, often a local pharmacy will be able to help.

Patients unsure which health service they need should call NHS 111. For those occasions when it’s not an emergency, dialling 111 - free from landlines and mobile telephones - gives access to trained call handlers who will take you through a series of questions over the phone, to give the best possible advice.

If necessary, 111 can also help you contact the Out of Hours service while GP surgeries are closed over the weekend.

For minor illnesses and injuries which need urgent attention but are not emergencies, the Urgent Care Centre at Skegness Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its team can help adults and children with cuts, minor burns, bites and stings, strains and sprains or even suspected fractures. However, the nurse-led team is not equipped to manage serious medical conditions, major injuries, including head injuries, chest pain or overdoses.

If you have an emergency, always dial 999.

Visitors planning to stay longer-term, including over the summer season, should register with a local GP practice.

Dr Baird adds: “If you are planning on coming to Skegness for a prolonged visit, you should certainly register locally. This doesn’t preclude you visiting a local pharmacy, calling 111, or visiting the Urgent Care Centre, but it does mean that your local GP for the duration of your stay will have access to your medical records, which could make a huge difference, particularly in cases of serious ill health.”