Doctors in Hull are encouraging patients to be prepared for the upcoming bank holiday by understanding in which circumstances to access local health services and where to go for medical treatment.
Dr Dan Roper, NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chair said: “It’s important that people understand when and how to access appropriate medical care. We want our patients to be empowered in knowing when self-care is suitable and when to visit their GP or perhaps the Emergency Department.”
“By choosing the right option for our symptoms often we can be treated much quicker than by visiting, for example, the Emergency Department in the first instance. Visiting your local pharmacy, calling NHS 111 or using over the counter remedies can be a quick and effective way of treating illness.”
Most GP surgeries will be closed over the bank holiday period but there is still help and advice available if you, or someone you know, become unwell:
- Self-care: use over the counter remedies to treat coughs, colds and stomach upsets.
- Pharmacy: visit your local pharmacist, they can offer free advice on illnesses and advise which medicines to take; no appointment is needed.
- Minor Ailments Scheme: if you do not pay for prescriptions or for children under 16 years old, your local pharmacist may be able to prescribe medicines free-of-charge without you having to see a Doctor. Ask at your local pharmacy for further details.
- NHS 111: for non-emergencies call 111, free from landlines or mobiles, for quick medical advice.
- Bransholme Health Centre Minor Injuries Unit (MIU): The MIU based at Bransholme Health Centre will be open from 9am – 8pm over the bank holiday weekend for injuries such as cuts, bites, sprains and scalds; no appointment necessary.
- GP Walk in centre: Story Street Medical Practice will be open to registered and unregistered patients with or without an appointment, from 8am – 8pm over the bank holiday weekend.
If you are a carer or have a long term health condition, it is also important make sure you order and collect any prescriptions which you may run out of over the bank holiday weekend.
Finally, Dr Roper added: “We all know that visiting the Emergency Department or calling 999 is a last resort and should only be used in emergencies and life-threatening circumstances. Do not hesitate in seeking medical care in an emergency.”
Notes to Editors:
- For pharmacy opening hours please visit: hullccg.nhs.uk/pages/bank-holiday-pharmacy-opening-times