Health leaders are urging visitors to the famous St Paul’s Carnival in Bristol this weekend to take simple steps to stay well during the warm weather, and to use NHS services wisely if they do need medical care.
Busy summer weekends often see an increase in people attending A&E with minor injuries and heat-related conditions that could be treated more effectively at a local aminor injuries unit or pharmacist.
With thousands of visitors expected in Bristol for the Carnival on Saturday 6 July, hospital doctors and GPs are reminding people to only use A&E for serious or life threatening conditions and consider the alternatives in the community that can provide care and treatment.
“We hope that Carnival goers enjoy themselves this weekend and stay well by covering up in the sun, keeping hydrated and drinking in moderation,” said Dr Lesley Ward, local GP and clinical lead for Unplanned Care at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG).
“The summer months can be very busy times for our local A&Es and they should only be used for serious and life threatening conditions so if people do need to seek medical advice, please remember to consider your options and make sure you’re using the most appropriate service.
“Local minor injuries units and urgent care centres are available throughout the weekend and offer fast, walk-in treatment for a wide range of minor injuries such as sprains, strains or broken bones.
“And if you’re unsure where to go, or need urgent medical advice at any time, remember that you can call 111 for immediate help at any time.”
There is a NHS Walk-In Centre in Boots in Broadmead, which is open between 8.00am and 6.00pm on Saturdays and 11.00am and 3.00pm on Sundays.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. If you need to see a GP out of hours because you need urgent medical advice that can’t wait until your surgery open you can call NHS 111 for advice.
Minor injuries units can help with injuries which need attention urgently but are not critical or life threatening. These include sprains, strains, bites and burns, broken bones, minor head injuries and minor eye injuries.
Services are available throughout the weekend at Yate Minor Injuries Unit, South Bristol Urgent Care Centre and the Minor Injuries Unit at North Somerset Community Hospital – full details of these services can be found on the CCG’s website at www.bnssgccg.nhs.uk
Details of local emergency pharmacists, as well as sun safety advice, can also be found on the CCG website.