Choose your health services wisely this bank holiday weekend
NHS organisations in Worcestershire are encouraging people to be aware of their healthcare options over the bank holiday weekend.
There is always extra pressure on emergency services over bank holidays with many people choosing to visit A&E, when there are a number of other health services available.
There will be a change in opening times for some NHS services, like GP practices and pharmacies, with some closures on Monday 29 May. So it’s important to get organised and think ahead. Pharmacy opening times can be found on each off the three Worcestershire CCG websites.
Many minor complaints such as coughs and colds can be treated by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and making sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Your local pharmacist can give expert, confidential advice or medicines for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, tummy troubles and much more.
You can call 111, the free NHS Service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast medical advice when it's not an emergency. This can include arranging an out-of-hours GP appointment.
Minor Injury Units (MIUs) offer fast, convenient and expert care for minor conditions including cuts, grazes, sprains and burns.
There are five MIUs across Worcestershire:
• Bromsgrove - Princess of Wales Community Hospital, Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove, B61 0BB, open 8am-8pm Monday-Friday and 12pm-8pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
• Evesham - Evesham Community Hospital, Waterside, Evesham, WR11 1JT, open 9am-9pm
• Kidderminster – Kidderminster Hospital, Bewdley Road, Kidderminster, DY11 6RJ, open 24 hours a day
• Malvern - Malvern Community Hospital, 185 Worcester Road, WR14 1EX, open 9am-9pm
• Tenbury – Tenbury Community Hospital, Worcester Road, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8AP, open 9am-9pm.
To get more information, you can find A&E and Minor Injuries Unit waiting times on the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust website www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/how-busy-are-the-emergency-departments-and-minor-injuries-units-right-now.
On behalf of the three Worcestershire CCGs, Jo Galloway, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove CCG and NHS Wyre Forest CCG said: “It’s important to plan ahead and make sure you’re fully prepared for the bank holiday weekend.
"There are a number of different things people can do to be ready, for example, collect your repeat prescription in good time, keep your medicine cabinet fully stocked and know which healthcare services are available to you.
“If you need help when your local GP Surgery is not open, you can call 111, which is a free NHS Service and can quickly direct you to the right health service, including out of hours GP appointments. Pharmacists can also help with a range of common conditions and minor injuries.”