Health chiefs at Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reminding local residents to be prepared ahead of the bank holiday this weekend and use NHS services appropriately.
Dr Jo Leahy, a local GP and Chair of Telford and Wrekin CCG said:
“A few simple steps can make sure you are prepared for your bank holiday weekend. Restock your medicine cabinet, know when your GP surgery and local pharmacy are open and plan ahead for any necessary repeat prescriptions; that way you are more prepared in case minor illnesses or accidents happen during the long weekend.
“There are a number of services available during the busy period including NHS 111 where you can access urgent GP advice.
“If you or someone you care for requires medicine regularly, make sure you order your repeat prescriptions in advance. Making sure you have the right medicines in the first place could make all of the difference when it comes to keeping well.”
Residents who need advice or treatment over the bank holiday weekend should call NHS 111. A fully trained advisor will listen to your symptoms, provide much needed advice and direct you to the local service which can best meet your needs. The helpline is free of charge and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dr Leahy added: “It is also important to keep in mind that hospital emergency services are traditionally very busy during the bank holidays. We would ask our local residents to consider the alternatives I have mentioned. Remember that A&E Departments in hospitals are only for serious injury or illness.”
For free confidential expert advice, visit your local pharmacy by selecting the ‘services near you’ section on the NHS website.
A list of local pharmacy opening times over the weekend can be found on our website.