Lockdown is easing this easter and after months of being shut at home people will be tempted to get out and about. However, the NHS is reminding people of the risks of going outside and where they can find help if they do have an accident.

“Lockdown restrictions are planned to be lifted ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, which allows more of us to meet up outside. This also means that more people might need the help of the NHS, especially for things like small accidents,” said Dr Dave Tatham, GP and strategic clinical director at Bradford District and Craven CCG. “If you can go online to the NHS website, or use NHS 111 if it is urgent, please do.”

GP surgeries will be closed over the course of the bank holiday, but the NHS is reminding people in the Bradford and Craben area that theNHS telephone and online services will still be available for anyone who feels unwell.

Some pharmacies in the district will be offering an out of hours service. You can see which ones are open over the weekend here.

Over the counter medicines such as paracetamol and ibuprofen can be purchased while community pharmacies can also offer healthcare advice and support for common illnesses. Furthermore, information about injuries or common health issues can be found by visiting

“For health needs that are not a life-threatening emergency but are urgent, or if you’re unsure what to do, the friendly teams at NHS 111 will be able to advise you or direct you to the most appropriate part of the NHS, including booking an appointment for you if necessary,” adds Dr Tatham “You can check symptoms using the NHS 111 service on the website – 111.nhs.uk – or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. You will then be directed to the best service to help you.”

As always they say don’t present in person if you have any symptoms which could be COVID 19.