Health leaders in Bristol, North Somerset and are urging local people to know their healthcare options ahead of the Easter bank holiday.
Many GP surgeries and some pharmacies will be closed on Good Friday (19 April) and Easter Monday (22 April).
Figures from the Bristol Royal Infirmary show that 192 people attended A&E during the four day Easter period last year and either left before being seen or did not require significant treatment.
Dr Lesley Ward, local GP and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs’ clinical lead for unplanned care, said:
“Easter is traditionally a very busy time of year for emergency services, when closures at GP practices and some pharmacies can leave some people unsure about where to go for help. However, many services remain open during this period to provide you with the medical support you need, without the need to spend long periods of time waiting for treatment at A&E.
“The Urgent Care Centre in south Bristol and Walk-In Centre in Broadmead will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend and can treat minor injuries such as sprains, strains 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 are unsure which healthcare service best meets your needs, you can dial 111 at any time for professional healthcare advice. As well as being treated more quickly, this will ensure A&E departments can focus on treating people with serious and life-threatening conditions.”
The website pages for South Bristol Urgent Care Centre, Yate Minor Injuries Unit, Clevedon Minor Injuries Unit and Broadmead Medical Centre have details about urgent care services, including treatments available and opening hours.
The pharmacy page has pharmacy opening hours for each area during the bank holiday dates.