Accessing NHS services during the August bank holiday
Published: 14 August 2018 | Categories: Healthcare
August bank holiday is on Monday 27 August and on this day some NHS health services may not be available, but there are still lots of different ways that you can access advice, support and treatments from the NHS.
If you urgently need to see a GP during the bank holidays, call 111. The NHS 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a healthcare professional during bank holidays, evenings and weekends.
If you need help fast but your health problem isn’t life threatening, the 111 service can help. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. It includes a full range of local health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists.
The Urgent Care Centre provides access to assessment and treatment if you need help with an urgent health problem. The service is open every day between 7am and 9pm at Seaton House, London Road, Nottingham NG2 4LA. This is a walk-in service and you do not need an appointment to attend.
If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your pharmacist for advice and over-the-counter treatments for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds.
You can also access information about health symptoms, conditions, medicines and treatments online via the NHS website.
If you, or someone you care for, require repeat medication then make sure you have ordered and collected any prescriptions to ensure you have medicine during the bank holiday. Contact your GP practice as soon as possible to organise prescriptions.
You should only call 999 or visit the Emergency Department (A&E) in a real emergency.