Don’t to forget to order your prescriptions in time for Easter

Easter is almost here and it may be hard to think about anything but your holiday but Clinicians across north east Essex would like to remind local people to ensure their prescriptions have been ordered in time and are aware of the services that are available to use over the Easter holidays.

Ordering prescriptions early will mean you are much more likely to have your medication in time for Easter – especially important for those individuals who live with a long term condition such as diabetes or heart disease.

Clinical Director at the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Colchester GP, Dr Hasan Chowhan, said: “Ordering your essential medicines before the Easter holiday means you can relax over the break. We don’t want anyone to run out of their medication and face problems when they could be enjoying time with family and friends. You may also want to sign up to the repeat prescription service so you can collect your prescriptions from your pharmacy, or get them delivered straight to your door.”

He added: “Your local pharmacy can also help with more than you think.  Pharmacists offer quick, confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and health problems, and as most GP surgeries will be closed on Friday and Monday, we would encourage patients to use their pharmacists.”

If you do become unwell over the Easter holidays and have an urgent healthcare need, including dental problems, but it’s not an emergency, please call NHS 111. You can ring 111 to get health advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including bank holidays. Calls to 111 are free from both landlines and mobiles.  Please remember A&E is for emergencies only.

Other urgent care services available are:

Colchester Walk-in Centre (open 7am – 10pm)

North Colchester Healthcare Centre, Primary care Centre, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex. CO4 5JR 01206 314015

Clacton Minor Injuries Unit (open 9am – 9pm)

Clacton Hospital, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. CO15 1LH 01255 201594

Harwich Minor Injuries Unit (open 9am – 5pm)

Fryatt Memorial Hospital, 419 Main Road, Harwich, Essex. CO12 4EX 01255 201201

If you, a friend or relative are experiencing mental health problems for the first time, you should contact your GP. Your GP is your family doctor, the doctor you would normally see if you are ill or concerned about any aspect of your health. They will be able to refer you to the most appropriate mental health service in your area. If you feel this is urgent and you cannot wait for a GP appointment please call 111.

If you find yourself having trouble with your mental health and are currently under the care of Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT, formerly known as NEP) in Colchester and Tendring, please call 0330 726 1800 if you need help outside of normal working hours (calls are charged at your telephone suppliers lowest rate). Your call will be answered quickly and if in crisis put through to on duty clinical staff. If you are not in crisis but feel you need someone to talk to, you will be transferred on to the Samaritans who will be there to listen. Alternatively, a message will be taken and passed to your lead clinician in the morning. You may want to call the Samaritans directly on 116 123 (calls are free).

Pharmacy opening hours for north east Essex over the bank holidays can be found below or on www.nhs.uk along with information on walk-in centres and minor injuries units.  Patients can type in their postcode on the website to find their nearest services. They are also available on the CCG website at neeccg.comms@nhs.net

 Pharmacy opening times for North East Essex are:

GOOD FRIDAY  – FRIDAY 14 APRIL 2017
Brightlingsea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 52 Victoria Place CO7 0AB 10:00 – 14:00
Clacton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 158 Old Road CO15 3AY 08:00 – 18:30
Clacton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 15 North Road CO15 4DB 09:00 – 18:00
Clacton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 75 Frinton Road, Holland-On-Sea CO15 5UH 10:00 – 14:00
Clacton-On-Sea Boots UK Ltd 86 Pier Avenue CO15 1NJ 09:00 – 20:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy Fiveways Superstore, Peartree Road CO3 0JX 10:00 – 17:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 37 Barfield Road, West Mersea CO5 8QX 08:30 – 18:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 2-4 West Parade, Plume Avenue CO3 4PG 0800 – 23:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 5-6 Lion Walk CO1 1LX 08:30 – 18:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy Unit 9, Tollgate West, Stanway CO3 8RG 08:00 – 23:59
Colchester Boots UK Ltd The Seedbed Centre, Wyncolls Road, Severalls Ind Park CO4 9HT 08:00 – 14:00
Colchester Tesco Instore Pharmacy The In-Store Pharmacy, Tesco Store, Highwoods CO4 9ED 08:00 – 20:00
Colchester The Hythe Pharmacy 2 Hythe Quay CO2 8JB 08:00 – 14:00
Colchester Asda stores Ltd Turner Rise CO4 5TU 09:00 – 18:00
Dovercourt Your Local Boots Pharmacy 224-226 High Street CO12 3AJ 08:30 – 17:30
Frinton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 10 Connaught Avenue CO13 9PW 09:00 – 17:00
Clacton-On-Sea Boots UK Ltd 54-62 Pier Avenue CO15 1QN 08:00 – 17:30
Manningtree Your Local Boots Pharmacy Century House, Station Road CO11 1AA 08:30 – 19:00
Earls Colne Boots UK Ltd 50 High Street CO6 2PB 08:30 – 18:30
EASTER SUNDAY – SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017
Clacton-On-Sea Prescription 2 You Healthcare 89-91 Pier Avenue CO15 1QE 10:00 – 16:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 2-4 West Parade, Plume Avenue CO3 4PG 11:00 – 17:00
Colchester Day Lewis 338 Harwich Road CO4 3HP 12:00 – 14:00
EASTER MONDAY – MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017
Brightlingsea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 52 Victoria Place CO7 0AB 10:00 – 14:00
Clacton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 158 Old Road CO15 3AY 10:00 – 16:00
Clacton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 15 North Road CO15 4DB 10:00 – 14:00
Clacton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 75 Frinton Road, Holland-On-Sea CO15 5UH 10:00 – 14:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy Fiveways Superstore, Peartree Road CO3 0JX 10:00 – 17:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 37 Barfield Road, West Mersea CO5 8QX 10:00 – 16:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 2-4 West Parade, Plume Avenue CO3 4PG 11:00 – 15:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy 5-6 Lion Walk CO1 1LX 10:00 – 17:00
Colchester Your Local Boots Pharmacy Unit 9, Tollgate West, Stanway CO3 8RG 10:00 – 23:59
Colchester Tesco Instore Pharmacy The In-Store Pharmacy, Tesco Store, Highwoods CO4 9ED 09:00 – 18:00
Colchester Asda stores Ltd Turner Rise CO4 5TU 09:00 – 18:00
Dovercourt Your Local Boots Pharmacy 224-226 High Street CO12 3AJ 10:00 – 14:00
Frinton-On-Sea Your Local Boots Pharmacy 10 Connaught Avenue CO13 9PW 10:00 – 16:00
Clacton-On-Sea Boots UK Ltd 54-62 Pier Avenue CO15 1QN 10:00 – 16:00
Manningtree Your Local Boots Pharmacy Century House, Station Road CO11 1AA 10:00 – 15:00