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Plan your bank holiday weekend

Health bosses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are encouraging people to be aware of their healthcare options over the bank holiday weekend.

There will be a change in opening times for some NHS services, like GP practices and pharmacies, with some closures on Monday 25 May. So, it’s important to get organised and think ahead.

Your local pharmacist can give expert, confidential advice or medicines for minor ailments such as colds, tummy troubles and much more.

You can go to NHS111 online or call 111 the free NHS Service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast medical advice when it's not an emergency. This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.

Dr Carl Ellson, NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG Medical Director said: “It’s important to plan ahead and make sure you’re fully prepared for the bank holiday weekend.

"There are a number of different things people can do to be ready, for example, collect your repeat prescription in good time, keep your medicine cabinet stocked and know which healthcare services are available to you.

“If you need help when your local GP Surgery is not open, you can call 111, which is a free NHS Service and can quickly direct you to the right health service, including out of hours GP appointments. Pharmacists can also help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries.” 

People can also get help over the Bank Holiday weekend by contacting NHS 111, your local pharmacy and if an emergency, ringing 999. All emergency departments are set up to ensure that non-covid related emergencies can be dealt with safely.

Information that was held previously by NHS Herefordshire CCG, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG, NHS South Worcestershire CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG was transferred to NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG on 1 April 2020.

The new CCG is the the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to hw.enquiries@nhs.net.