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NHS leaders call for everyone to prepare and be safe ahead of the Jubilee weekend

NHS services across Norfolk and Waveney are advising some simple ways people can get ready for the bumper Jubilee weekend, when it comes to their health.

This is ahead of the four-day bank holiday weekend (Thursday 2 June - Sunday 5 June) celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years of service.

Dr. Lynne Wigens OBE, Interim Director of Nursing at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I’m sure people will be busy making plans for the weekend. They might be going on holiday, hosting street parties or just making the most of the extended break. Whatever your plans are – whether you are living, working or playing in Norfolk and Waveney, it’s important to prepare from a health perspective.

“There are some simple things you can do this week like checking stocks of your medication and getting your COVID-19 vaccine, to ensure you can make the most of the bank holiday weekend.

“If you’re a DIY enthusiast, please do be careful. During bank holidays and when the sun is out, many people often turn to doing those jobs inside or outside they have been putting off. NHS services can become exceptionally busy during these periods, so please think carefully and avoid an unnecessary accident.”

Seven ways to prepare for the Jubilee weekend

  1. Pick up prescriptions. Make sure you and your loved ones have enough supply of any prescribed medicines to last you over the weekend. If you receive a 28-day supply of medication and your next order is due around the bank holiday, you will be able to order online one week early.
  2. Check your cabinet. Check your medicine cabinet is stocked with basics like indigestion remedies, allergy medications, plasters and painkillers, so you can take care of minor problems at home.
  3. Look out for others. There’s a range of mental health services, including dedicated Wellbeing Hubs, open over the weekend for people who need support. Steam House Café’s and Churchman House are both open over the bank holiday and weekends.
  4. Remember self-care. If you are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting, which are common in adults, children and babies, you can usually treat yourself or your child at home. The most important thing is to have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.
  5. Your local pharmacy. Many pharmacies are open over bank holidays and can offer expert advice on common conditions such as colds, cuts and bruises, insect bites and many other minor ailments. Check their opening hours in advance.
  6. Note 111 in your phone. For anything that feels urgent, or if you are unsure what to do, you can call NHS 111 and they can direct you to the most appropriate place and even book you a time slot with another health service or the Emergency Department if necessary.
  7. Grab a jab. COVID-19 hasn’t gone away and it’s not too late to get your COVID-19 vaccine if you haven’t already.

A range of services are available to treat anyone who becomes physically or mentally ill or injured over the long weekend, but the NHS is encouraging people to choose wisely if they do need to access them.

These important messages are also important for holidaymakers who may be visiting Norfolk and Waveney’s tourist hotspots and may be unaware of local services.

James Paget University Hospital Director of Nursing Paul Morris said: “The Jubilee celebrations are a special event - and, as with any long holiday weekend during the summer, our part of Norfolk and Waveney will see many thousands of people from other parts of the country flock to the Broads and our fantastic coastline. 

“When it comes to choosing healthcare services, my message to our visitors is simple: ‘Even though you are away from home, if you need medical help, the procedure is the same: choose the right service for your healthcare needs - and consider dialling 111 in the first instance or visiting the NHS 111 website. You should only attend the Emergency Department if it is genuine emergency.’”

Part of the Queen’s celebrations is a national Thank You Day on Sunday 5 June calling on people across the country to come together to say a big thank you to people who have worked tirelessly over a challenging couple of years, including NHS staff.

Sam Higginson, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Chief Executive, said: “NHS staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly over the last two years to keep vital services running during the COVID-19 pandemic and running the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. I’d like to thank everyone at NNUH for their ongoing efforts and staff who are working over the bank holiday weekend.

“I’d like to wish everyone in Norfolk and Waveney an enjoyable and safe Jubilee bank holiday weekend.”

But do remember, if you or a loved one has a life-threatening medical condition such as choking, chest pains, severe loss of bleeding or chest pains, and are seriously unwell, please call 999 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

Alice Webster, Chief Nurse at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn, said: “We hope all of you across our local communities will be joining in the many celebrations taking place over the Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, and we hope the weather stays sunny for you all. As always we are here if you need us, but we would like to remind everyone to please think NHS 111 first and only attend the Emergency Department for life threatening or urgent conditions.”

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