‘Help Us Help You’ to get the right care this Jubilee weekend
Healthcare bosses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire are reminding people that throughout the extended Jubilee bank holiday weekend the NHS remains open and available to anyone who needs it.
The public are reminded that if they need medical help, but it is not a life-threatening emergency, there are options available that can help.
People are reminded to think NHS 111 first, this means calling 111 or visiting 111.nhs.uk 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. Bank holiday opening times: NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands » Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times
Dr Ian Tait, GP and Chair of NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG said: “It’s important to plan ahead and make sure you’re fully prepared for the Jubilee 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
“We are seeing increased pressure on all our services and are asking people for their support – to access the right NHS service for their need. 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.”
There will be a change in opening times for some NHS services, including GP practices and pharmacies, with some closures over the Jubilee weekend.
Anyone who has not yet had both vaccinations or had their first vaccination over 8 weeks ago can book an appointment online at nhs.uk/CovidVaccine or visit a local walk-in site. Walk-in availability for Herefordshire and Worcestershire can be found here: https://herefordshireandworcestershireccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccine/vaccination-sites
The public are reminded that face coverings are required in all healthcare settings across the country and social distancing measures remain in place in our local NHS services.