The NHS is here for you this Bank Holiday

GPs across the Black Country and West Birmingham will be offering appointments this coming Bank Holiday (Friday 8 May 2020) to provide residents with health services should they need them.

The NHS is asking people to ‘Help Us Help You’ – a reminder that the NHS is open, safe and available to help anyone who comes forward for advice or help.

GP practices across the area will be offering appointments, but patients must first call their surgery to discuss their needs. They will then be offered a telephone or video consultation initially, or a face-to-face appointment if necessary. They may be asked to go to a GP practice that is not their own. Patients should not go to their practices unless asked to do so by a GP.

To further support local people, all community pharmacies will be open between 2pm and 5pm on the Bank Holiday Friday. Some pharmacies will be open for longer – please check before you visit.

Dr Anand Rischie, Chair at NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This bank holiday weekend, please continue to follow the government’s guidance and follow the latest advice on social distancing and staying home. However, if you have a health concern, the NHS is here for you.

“GP practices will be open if you need us, but please call us first – do not just turn up. We will be able to give you help and advice over the phone or, if we need to see you in person, we will ask you to come in.

“Your local community pharmacists will also be working hard for you over the Bank Holiday weekend, and they can offer help and advice on all aspects of healthcare, from long-term conditions like diabetes and asthma, to illnesses like coughs, colds, stomach upset and hayfever.”

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms should remain at home. Do NOT visit your GP, pharmacy or local hospital. Visit NHS 111 online as the first port of call or call NHS 111 if you do not have access to the internet.

NHS 111 can help provide advice on any health symptoms you have, not just for coronavirus symptoms. Visit https://111.nhs.uk/ or call 111 for trusted and expert advice.

If you have a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, stroke symptoms, large blood loss or you have breathing difficulties, contact 999 immediately.

For local GP opening hours visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp or contact your GP practice. For local pharmacy opening hours this bank holiday and to find the nearest pharmacy to you, visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/.

For the latest government guidance visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

If you or a member of your household has coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature or a new, continuous cough – use the dedicated NHS 111 coronavirus service online at https://www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19. You should only call NHS 111 if you can’t get help online, as their phone lines are very busy.

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