A SENIOR nurse at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has urged Islanders to ensure they are well prepared for the bank holiday as health services remain under pressure.
Executive director of nursing and workforce, Alan Sheward said: "Our staff are working incredibly hard to manage this peak in demand, but we would ask Islanders to also help us by only using hospital services if they really need to.
"It is important to ensure that they have enough of their regular medication to last through the bank holiday weekend, and to seek advice on minor conditions from their local pharmacy or GP, or via NHS 111 before visiting the Beacon Health Centre or the Emergency Department at St Mary’s Hospital."
A hospital spokesman said the number of people visiting the emergency department, calling 999 and visiting their GPs with minor complaints that did not need medical intervention was increasing, and advised people to take more care with their health by asking for advice at a pharmacy and treating themselves with medicine cabinet essentials.
Common complaints that could be treated at home or with pharmacist advise included mild skin conditions, coughs and colds, minor cuts and bruises and hayfever and allergies.
The 111 service, for when medical help is needed but is not a 999 emergency, is available 24 hours a day.