Do you know your health care options ahead of the bank holiday weekend?
While GP surgeries and some pharmacies will be closed, there are plenty of services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire that will remain open, giving residents continued access to treatments and services.
Dr Jonathan Hayes, local GP and Clinical Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“Although we are urging people to stay alert and continue to maintain social distancing over the bank holiday weekend, we also want to remind people not to ignore symptoms or injuries. Our health and care services are still available to provide support when you need it.”
Minor Injuries Units in Yate and Clevedon and the Urgent treatment Centre in South Bristol will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and can treat minor injuries such as sprains, strains, minor burns and broken bones. Some pharmacies will also be open and can dispense medicine on prescription, help you manage long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma and give you advice on medication and staying healthy.
If you’re not sure which service best meets your needs, contact NHS111 at any time for professional healthcare advice. This will help you get the treatment you need more quickly, and ensure A&E departments can focus on treating people with the most serious and life-threatening conditions.
Information and advice about healthcare services on Monday 25 May can be found below:
The Out of Hours GP service is available during evenings, weekends and over bank holidays, and can be arranged through the NHS111 service. Please contact NHS 111 at any time using 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
Urgent care services
The Minor Injuries Units in Clevedon and Yate, and Urgent Treatment Centre in South Bristol will be open throughout the long weekend offering fast, walk-in treatment for minor injuries such as cuts, sprains and broken bones. Units are available from 8am to 8pm on each day. For further information, see the Sirona care & health website at www.sirona-cic.org.uk
If you think you need urgent dental treatment, call your dental practice. If you cannot contact your dentist, or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service at 111.nhs.uk. If a clinical appointment is necessary, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre.
NHS111 is available 24 hours a day at 111.nhs.uk
Government coronavirus advice
If you, or someone you live with, has coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature, new continuous cough or a lost or changed sense of smell or taste:
- Stay at home.
- If your symptoms worsen or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please refer to the NHS111 online coronavirus service 111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
- Please do not go to your GP practice or community pharmacy.
The Government website has FAQs about the coronavirus, including updated information on which activities you are allowed to take part in and the guidelines around these.