Published On: Fri, May 30th, 2014 on 4:32 pm

Bradford patients urged to saddle up and be prepared for Le Tour

Doctor And Patient

Up to 3 million visitors are expected to come to the region to see the world’s most famous cycle race, and doctors are urging patients to be prepared.

The weekend of the Yorkshire Grand Depart, which kicks off the Tour De France, will be busy because of road closures around Bradford and Airedale making it difficult to get prescriptions.

Although many pharmacies will remain open, GPs have urged patients to beat the rush by having enough medicines to see them through 5 and 6 July.

It will ensure doctors are not called out unnecessarily or that people are not heading to the A&E department when they don’t need to.

Dr Adeel Iqbal, GP lead for long-term conditions at NHS Bradford City CCG, said: “We’re asking people to be prepared over this busy and exciting weekend.

“This is especially important for patients with long-term conditions such as diabetes, asthma and arthritis who need to plan ahead and think carefully about how much medication they have left and whether this is enough to see them through this period.”

People are urged only to go to their local A&E department or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations such as loss of consciousness, persistent and severe chest pain, breathing difficulties and severe bleeding that can’t be stopped.

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