Published On: Sat, Aug 25th, 2012

Get the right treatment this bank holiday weekend

Are you planning to take advantage of the bank holiday weekend to do some much needed jobs around the house? The NHS in Northamptonshire is reminding local people of all the services available if a DIY disaster does occur.

Local pharmacies will be open over the bank holiday weekend to offer expert medical advice. If more help is required you can call the out of hours GP service on 03336 664 664.

If the weather is sunny and you are cooking on a barbecue, take doctors’ advice to prevent you and your guests experiencing nasty after-effects – sickness and diarrhoea.

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel. It’s very common and around one in five people are affected by the condition in England every year. If you are cooking on a barbecue two main risk factors are undercooked meat and spreading germs from raw meat onto food that’s ready to eat. The safest option is to cook food indoors using your oven. You can then put the cooked food outside on the barbecue for flavour.

Most cases of gastroenteritis are mild and will get better within a few days without the need for treatment. Health leaders believe more than 51 million people a year who visit their GP with common complaints could either care for themselves or visit their local pharmacy for help and expert medical advice.

For more information on bank holiday NHS services, including pharmacy rotas, go to

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