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‘Help Us Help You’ to get the right care this Bank Holiday weekend

Healthcare bosses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire are reminding people that even over the Bank Holiday weekend the NHS remains open and available to anyone who needs it.

There will be a change in opening times for some NHS services, including GP practices and pharmacies, with some closures on Monday 3 May.

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 are reminded to think NHS 111 first, this means calling 111 or visiting for any urgent but not life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Trained advisers can direct people to the best possible care for their needs, including arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment or an appointment time to attend A&E or a Minor Injury Unit.  

Local pharmacists can also give expert, confidential advice as well as medicines for minor ailments such as colds, tummy troubles and much more. Anyone visiting a pharmacy must wear a face covering, unless they are exempt, and observe social distancing measures at all times. Individuals should not visit a pharmacy if they, or someone they live with, are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19.