As Spring Bank Holiday approaches (Monday 25 May), local health bosses in Walsall are reminding residents to get medical help if they need it – the NHS is here for you.
There are many ways in which the NHS can be accessed over the weekend. You can use the following services should you need help:
· Contact NHS 111 online or via phone
· Contact/visit your local community pharmacy – most will be open but please check opening times for your local pharmacy here as they may vary.
· In Walsall our GP practices are working together to improve access to appointments over the holiday period. Please see your GP practice website for details of their late night, weekend and bank holiday opening times. Click here to see details of GP opening over the May Bank Holidays.
· The urgent treatment centre will also be open.
· If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.
Pharmacists can offer advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, and some are open this bank holiday. Visiting the pharmacist can save you time in the waiting room and offer advice when GP practices might be closed, helping you feel better more quickly. For a full list of pharmacies that are open over the Bank holiday weekend see below.
Many people don’t realise the wide range of additional services available as pharmacists do much more than dispensing prescriptions. They offer free expert advice on a wide range of health issues, support for self-care and medicines to treat common complaints such as coughs and colds, flu, sore throats, earache, backache, stomach upsets and cuts and grazes.
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms who needs medical advice, should use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online, 111.nhs.uk/COVID-19. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
· a high temperature
· a new continuous cough
· a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste.