PATIENTS are being urged to deal with any health problems before they become urgent and before GP surgeries close for the Easter holidays.
They are also being advised to check they have sufficient prescription medicines to see them through the Easter period but not forgetting the ongoing campaign of Your Medicines, Your Health which warns the public about stockpiling their medicine cabinet.
GP practices will be open as usual on Thursday 24th March and closed Friday 25th March through to Monday 28th March.  They will re-open as normal on Tuesday 29th March.
The Cwm Taf GP out-of-hours service will be operational from 6.30pm on Thursday 24th March until 8.00am Tuesday 29th March but it is designed to deal with patients with urgent medical conditions only.
Urgent medical conditions are those which cannot wait to be dealt with until the patient’s own GP surgery re-opens.
Dr Sanjeet Rao, Clinical Lead for the Cwm Taf University Health Board GP out-of-hours service, said: “Visiting your own GP will be safer and better for you as your GP has access to your full health records and is supported by the GP practice staff. Also, your own GP can, if needed, arrange blood tests, X rays and referral to a hospital specialist.
“This also means the out-of-hours service will not have to deal with routine GP work and can concentrate on helping those patients who may have more urgent health problems.”
Dr Rao added: “The Cwm Taf GP out-of-hours service provides medical advice and treatment for urgent healthcare problems only – this means advice and treatment for problems which the patient, or their carer, feels can’t safely wait until their own GP practice is next open.
Dr Rao also added: “And please remember, you can get advice and treatment for many minor illnesses from your local pharmacy.”
Please remember that A&E is for serious and life threatening conditions only. The Cwm Taf website contains advice about how to recognise and manage symptoms.
Don’t let your health problems become urgent over the Easter holidays