The local NHS is encouraging residents to be prepared for the upcoming August bank holiday (Monday 28 August 2023) and to know what to do if they, or a family member, becomes unwell.
Residents are encouraged to plan ahead and carefully consider the best source of help and support over the bank holiday.
While GP practices do offer more evening and Saturday appointments, remember your GP surgery will be closed on the Bank Holiday Monday (28 August 2023) and you need to leave enough time for your surgery to process a repeat prescription and additional time for your pharmacy to dispense it.
It’s important to know how much medication you have left and plan in advance when you need to order more to avoid a last-minute panic.
If you or a family member feels unwell, firstly visit the NHS 111 online symptom checker or telephone NHS 111 for help and advice. Both are open 24 hours a day. Local pharmacies can also offer help and advice to manage the signs and symptoms of minor illness.
As always, everybody can play a part by taking simple steps to look after themselves, their loved ones and by checking on vulnerable neighbours.
For more information on when to call 999 and when to go to A&E, visit the NHS website.Bank Holiday Service Guide