Urgent medical care over the August bank holiday weekend
If you have an urgent medical problem over the August bank holiday weekend (24 August – 26 August) when your GP surgery is closed, there are several services available to help.
NHS 111 - for advice at any time call the NHS 111 number. Calls are free, including from mobiles, 24 hours a day. When you call, you will be assessed, given advice and directed to the local service that can help you best. That could be a late opening pharmacist, an emergency dentist or community nurse, a minor injuries unit, an out-of-hours GP, an urgent care centre or A&E.
Spring House Medical Centre in Welwyn Garden City – this facility is open 8am - 8pm every day and offers a full range of GP services. You do not have to be registered there to get an appointment.
The Cheshunt Minor Injuries Unit – this facility is open 8am to 8pm every day and can deal with injuries such as cuts, sprains, minor fractures and other urgent, but not life-threatening, injuries.
Princess Alexandra Hospital - urgent care is now integrated into the accident and emergency department. On arrival at A&E, if you are deemed to have primary care needs, there are options to redirect patients dependent on their clinical needs to Pharmacy, Dentist, GP in Hours or GP out of hours.
www.wheredoigo.org.uk - this website has details about all these services and enables you to find your nearest pharmacy, minor injuries unit, urgent care centre or A&E department, as well as details about GP help in the evenings and at weekends.
Your local pharmacist - can also give advice on common health problems and many are open over the bank holiday. Find out which pharmacies are open over the August bank holiday weekend by viewing the pharmacy rota.
Don’t forget to submit your repeat prescription in time for your GP and pharmacy to process it – allow about a week.
Smartphone and tablet owners can use their inbuilt GPS facilities to find the service nearest to their current location – even if they don’t know the postcode.
Remember, A&E is for very serious or life threatening conditions only. In an emergency dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.
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