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NHS services over the bank holiday weekend

NHS services over the bank holiday weekend

GPs in Norfolk and Waveney are encouraging people to prepare for the August bank holiday weekend.

Dr Liam Stevens, Chairman of Great Yarmouth Waveney CCG said: “The holiday weekend is a great opportunity for getting out and about, spending time with family and friends and enjoying some activity time. I would encourage you to spend a few moments to consider how you can be best prepared to deal with injury or illness if it occurs over the holiday period.

“By doing so you'll know what to do and where to go for help and advice and could avoid an unnecessary trip to the hospital’s emergency department - or even a stay in hospital.”

Dr Anoop Dhesi, a GP in Stalham, said: “If you are feeling unwell, don’t let the situation deteriorate or settle for hoping it will go away. Talk to your pharmacist or call NHS 111 for help and advice. If you know an elderly person who is unwell, encourage them to seek help, or alternatively, call NHS 111 or speak to their local pharmacist on their behalf.

“If you use repeat prescription medicine make sure you have enough to last for the bank holiday. It takes at least 48 hours for your GP practice to process a repeat prescription request and your GP practice may be closed on bank holiday Monday (please check their website for details)."

NHS England publishes regular updates please visit nhs.uk to confirm details of your local pharmacy opening times. 

Dr Victoria Stanley, Norfolk Clinical Lead for Integrated Urgent Care said: “Keep a basic supply of medicines such as sticking plasters, diarrhoea remedy, paracetamol and antihistamines at home. By doing so you’ll be equipped to deal with common ailments quickly and easily.

“Some pharmacies will be open on the bank holiday Monday and are a place to go for help and advice if you are feeling unwell. NHS 111 by phone and online offers urgent medical help and advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

There are more places to go if you do need medical support:

  • The Norwich walk-in centre is open 7am-9pm, 7 days a week.

  • Cromer Minor Injuries Unit at Cromer Hospital is open 8am-8pm over the bank holiday weekend.

  • There’s a special Pop-Up Minor Injuries Unit over the Bank Holiday weekend in Hunstanton to support frontline NHS services.

First Aiders from St John Ambulance will be running the Pop-Up Minor Injuries Unit on the Lower Green, Cliff Parade, Hunstanton, PE36 6DZ, over the August Bank Holiday weekend

The team, based in one of their mobile first-aid posts, will be on hand between 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday 24 August, Sunday 25 August and Monday 26 August, when they will be offering treatment for minor injuries that might otherwise lead to a trip to the local Emergency Department or another NHS service.

Christopher Levis, District Manager for St John Ambulance in Norfolk said: “We are delighted to be working again with West Norfolk CCG on this initiative following the success of last year’s partnership in providing first aid to the community of Hunstanton and surrounding villages. We hope that by providing this facility over the busy bank holiday weekend that this will help to relieve pressure on local A&E departments. If you have sustained a minor injury and need any assistance over the August Bank Holiday weekend, please come and speak to one of our volunteers at the pop-up unit.”

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