Do you know where to turn if you fall ill this Bank Holiday

WEST Lancashire residents are being advised to think ahead and plan for any medical needs this forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend.

GP practices in West Lancashire will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday (28 August 2017). However, by examining your options, residents need not worry if they fall ill, as a number of pharmacies will be open.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many common illnesses and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the bank holiday period.

In West Lancashire, several pharmacies will remain open on Bank Holiday Monday, with their opening times as follows:

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  • Asda Pharmacy, Ingram, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LA – 01695 567 010 – 9am – 6pm
  • Fishlocks Chemist, 60 Liverpool Road, North BurscoughOrmskirk, L40 4BY – 01704 894 391 – 11am – 4pm
  • Morrisons In-store Pharmacy, Park Road/Aughton Street, Ormskirk, L39 3RB – 01695 573 289 – 9am – 5pm (closed at lunch 1pm – 2pm)

You can also find out pharmacy opening times, by visiting the CCG’s website and following our Twitter and Facebook pages.

As well as the pharmacies, residents are also reminded that the walk-in centres will be open over the Bank Holiday.

West Lancashire has two walk-in centres. The West Lancashire Health Centre in Ormskirk, which is based at Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ. This centre is open from 8am to 8pm (with patients who have arrived before 8pm being seen up to 8.30pm), seven days a week including bank holidays and the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre at The Concourse, Skelmersdale, L39 2AZ, which is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.

The staff within these centres, can treat minor injuries and minor ailments such as infections, rashes, stomach upsets, small cuts, strains and sprains.

To access help, visit the walk-in centre and speak to the receptionist. Once you are booked in, you will be seen by a clinician who will decide how urgent your case is and you will be then be seen in priority order.

Dr John Caine, a local GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire, said: “You don’t need to make an appointment to visit your local pharmacy, they can treat you for many minor conditions and ailments, saving you a visit to your GP and they can offer help and advice to self-care, so that you can manage conditions at home with a well-stocked medicine cupboard.

“If you order a repeat prescription, then please remember to plan your journey ahead to order any repeat medication that you may need over the weekend.”

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