NHS leaders are asking local people to ‘think pharmacy’ if
they need medical assistance ahead of the busy bank holiday period.
Our website has details of which local pharmacies will be open on Bank Holiday Monday, when GP services and some pharmacies will be closed or have reduced hours.
Lead pharmacist at Bedminster Pharmacy Ade Williams said:
The GP is not always the right first port of call for people that become unwell. Pharmacists are healthcare experts on the high street and have years of experience with medicines and treating common illnesses. We can always see you without an appointment and help you get better or direct you to the right place to be seen quickly.
We treat many minor health problems such as coughs and colds before they become more serious and help you manage long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Pharmacists can also give advice on staying healthy and dispense repeat prescriptions without the need to visit your GP.
Dr Lesley Ward, local GP and clinical lead for unplanned care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said:
Bank holidays are traditionally a very busy time of year for healthcare services, particularly for staff working in urgent care. However, patients can help by using the right service for their needs and keeping accident and emergency for the most seriously ill people.
The warmer weather is a great opportunity to get outside and stay active, but it can also bring common ailments such as insect bites and sun burn. Your local pharmacy is a great resource for preventing and treating these ailments. Minor injuries units are also available to treat sprains, strains, cuts, grazes, bites, minor burns, broken bones and minor head injuries. They can usually provide treatment much more quickly than A&E and will be open as normal on the bank holiday.
If you need medical advice urgently but you’re not sure which service to use, dial 111 at any time for fast professional advice.
Urgent care services will be available throughout the weekend. Website pages for South Bristol Urgent Care Centre, Yate Minor Injuries Unit, Clevedon Minor Injuries Unit and Broadmead Medical Centre have further details including types of treatments available and opening hours.
You can see the pharmacy page for full listings on which pharmacies will be open during the May Bank Holiday.