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The NHS is urging people to choose the correct health service should they fall ill over the Easter weekend.

The local NHS says it is important people choose the right service to ensure they are treated quickly. It also keeps the A&E department at Eastbourne DGH free for patients who need it most.

Dr Andrew Foulkes, medical director at NHS Sussex, said, “Be prepared over Easter and keep A&E free for emergencies.

“A medicine cabinet with basics including paracetamol is a good first line of defence.

“Pharmacists can also diagnose and treat a large number of conditions so it’s worth people dropping into their chemist and having a chat.

“People who take medicines regularly should check if they have enough to last over the Easter bank holiday weekend. If not, they should order a repeat prescription before the holiday.”

People needing medical advice outside surgery and pharmacy hours should visit the Eastbourne Station Health Centre which is open from 8am to 8pm every day including bank holidays. No appointment is needed at the walk-in centre and you do not have to be registered.

Dr Foulkes added, “Hospitals across the county are currently seeing large numbers of people attending their A&E departments, admitting more people than is expected for this time of year and are expecting the number of people needing treatment to rise even further over the bank holiday weekend.

“It is important that we all know when to call an ambulance and when to use A&E and when not to, so that we all work together to keep the services free for the people who really need them.”

The NHS is advising people to stock up on common medicines, such as paracetamol, cold and flu remedies and cough medicine in case they fall ill with a cold, cough or flu bug.