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Union JackWelcome to your NHS Easter Health Guide.

This guide is designed to keep you healthy during the Easter break and advise you where you can get treatment if you suffer a games threatening injury or feel ill.
In the guide you’ll find information about:
- Health services available to you when you are ill or have had an accident
- Local Pharmacy opening hours
- Self care advice
- Top tips on how to safe in the sun
- Alcohol and hangover advice
- Safe sex information
We hope you have a safe and healthy Easter.

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Self Care

If you keep a good stock of medical supplies (see below) on hand, many minor accidents and injuries such as a sore throat, cough, grazed knee or hangover can be treated at home without professional medical attention.

But do remember to check use-by dates on all medicines, and make sure they are properly stored and out of reach of children.

NHS Direct

NHS Direct provides expert health advice at all times throughout the day and night, and so you can avoid visiting your GP or local minor injuries unit.

You can also use the NHS Direct online symptom checker for information on colds and flu, mental health advice, sexual health and contraception.

You can speak to someone day or night at NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit their website.


Pharmacists can give you expert advice on medicines and how they work, but also can help you decide whether you need to see a doctor. You don’t need an appointment, and can talk to them in confidence.

Issues they can help you with include:

  • Dispensing medicines and showing you how to use them safely. They can also get rid of old or out of date ones
  • Emergency contraception such as the “morning after pill”
  • Minor ailments such as conjunctivitis, cystitis, impetigo - which means you won’t need to see your doctor
  • Suitable cough and flu medicine that’s right for you and your family

To see the pharmacy bank holiday openings in your area click here. 

GP Out of Hours

If you need a GP outside of normal opening hours, you can contact the GP out of hours service. It is available Monday to Friday from 6.30pm-8am, and 24 hours a day on weekends and bank holidays.

The service can be contacted by dialling 111. Your case will be dealt with over the phone by a nurse or doctor and if it can’t be resolved over the phone, you will be asked to go to one of the clinical bases.

Patients living in in Brackley and surrounding villages can also use Oxford Urgent Care Service on 0845 345 8995 - same hours as above.


Walk in centres

There are a number of walk in centres where you can get fast, convenient NHS treatment for minor injuries like sprains, strains, minor burns and wounds,


Corby Urgent Care Centre, Willowbrook Health Complex, Cottingham Road, Corby NN17 2UW Open 8am-8pm, everyday of the year


Minor Emergencies, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust, Cliftonville, Northampton, NN1 5BD. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Urgent Care Centre, MK hospital campus, Standing Way, Eaglestone MK6 5LD. 01908 201022. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Accident and Emergency

An emergency is a critical situation and should only be used in life-threatening circumstances. This includes if someone is/has:

  • Unconscious
  • Had a suspected stroke
  • Had heavy blood loss
  • Got a deep wound, such as a stab wound
  • Had a suspected heart attack
  • Having difficulty breathing
  • Severe burns

Accident and Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What to have in your first aid box/medicine cabinet

A basic first-aid kit should contain:

  • Plasters, triangular bandage and two sterile eye dressings
  • Small, medium and large sterile gauze dressings
  • Safety pins
  • Disposable sterile gloves
  • Tweezers, scissors, and sticky tape
  • Alcohol-free cleansing wipes
  • Thermometer (preferably digital)
  • Skin rash cream such as hydrocortisone or calendula
  • Cream or spray to relieve insect bites and stings and antiseptic cream
  • Painkillers such as paracetamol (and infant paracetamol for children), aspirin (not to be given children under 16) or ibuprofen cough medicine
  • Distilled water for cleaning wounds and eye baths

Alcohol and hangover advice

If you’re planning on celebrating Easter with a drink, here are some tips to prevent you feeling unwell:

  • To avoid a hangover, steady yourself, don’t drink too much in a short space of time and stay within the recommended limits. We recommend that men should not drink more than 3-4 units a day and women should not drink more than 2-3 units a day.
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach: Eat a meal that includes carbohydrates that will slow down the body’s absorption of the alcohol.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Avoid fizzy drinks as they speed up the body’s absorption of alcohol.
  • Stay out of the sun: If you’re having a garden party, stay undercover to avoid heat stroke.

Safe sex advice

To protect your tackle from an unwanted STI, here are some tips for safer sex. For advice and help on the move, check out our mobile site

  • Stock up on daily contraception: If you use a method of contraception that you need to take every day, such as the pill, make sure you’ve stocked up your supply to last over the bank holiday during pharmacy closures so you don’t run out.
  • Stock up on condoms: As the only method of contraception that will protect from both STIs and pregnancy, condoms are useful to carry about with you if your regular method of contraception fails or runs out. Remember that vomiting can reduce the effectiveness of the pill, so always carry some condoms with you just in case.
  • Know where to get emergency contraception: Emergency contraception such as the “morning after pill” can prevent pregnancy if you have unprotected sex or if your regular contraception fails. Emergency contraception is available from your local pharmacy or NHS walk-in centre.