GP’s Easter date at chemist

A MUM whose son was able to get a badly-needed prescription during a bank holiday is backing a NHS Wakefield scheme to put GPs in pharmacies on Easter Sunday.

Eileen Stead, of Southmoor Road, Hemsworth, didn’t realise that GPs were regularly placed in the Lloyds Pharmacy, Market Street, Hemsworth, on bank holidays.

She believed her son Andrew, who needed antibiotics for a cyst, would have to wait to see a GP until after the Christmas holidays were over.

Mrs Stead said: “I went to get something for my cough and the lady in the counter asked if I needed anything else. Jokingly I said I could do with some antibiotics for my son.

“She replied and said that there was a GP in the pharmacy that day and would I like my son to be seen. To cut a long story short my son saw the GP and was started straight away on antibiotics.

“I think this is a brilliant service to have available when your GP surgery is closed during bank holidays.”

A GP will be at the Hemsworth Lloyds Pharmacy from 9am to 6pm on Easter Sunday.

The initiative is part of the Chose Well campaign which encourages people to use the right service for their ailments, including NHS Direct, on 0845 4647 or West Yorkshire Urgent Care Service on 0345 605 9999.