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

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

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

The NHS is still very much open to patients, but how you access services may look slightly different to protect yourself, other patients and staff. For example, you may now be seen more via video or phone.

Pharmacies there will be limited pharmacy provision on Bank Holiday Monday with most pharmacies closed. Please see below pharmacies that will be open on the Bank Holiday Monday and follow the CCG’s social media channels for on the day updates.

Morrisons Pharmacy Park Road, Ormskirk, L39 3RB

Tel: 01695 573 289

10am – 4pm
Asda Pharmacy Ingram, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LA

Tel: 01695 567 010

9am – 6pm

GP practices GP practices in West Lancashire will be closed on the Bank Holiday Monday. However, you can still speak to a GP with the GP Out of Hours service by dialling 111.

You can also access a local GP with the Extended Access programme, which is available at the evening and weekends, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend, you can access a local at the following GP practices. This is by appointment only, to access please contact your GP practice, or visit www.nhs.uk/GPaccess for more information.

Saturday 29 August 2020 Sandy Lane, Skelmersdale

Ormskirk Medical Practice, Ormskirk

Burscough Health Centre, Burscough

 

9am – 1pm

9am – 1pm

9am – 1pm

Sunday 30 August 2020 Sandy Lane, Skelmersdale

Ormskirk Medical Practice, Ormskirk

Burscough Health Centre, Burscough

 

9am – 1pm

9am – 1pm

9am – 1pm

Monday 31 August 2020 Ormskirk Medical Practice, Ormskirk 9am – 12pm

Walk in Centre and Urgent Treatment Centre Urgent Treatment Centre in Ormskirk and Walk-in Centre in Skelmersdale are open every day for pre booked appointments made over the phone in advance only over the August Bank Holiday weekend from 8am – 8pm and can treat minor injuries and minor illnesses. 01695 402 180. GPs are your first port of call to treat minor illnesses when they are open.

Medicine Please continue to order your prescriptions in the usual way and only order your repeat prescription if it is due in seven days.

The Prescribing Ordering Direct (POD) Service will be closed on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Community services All patients will be screened by phone first – contact the Single Point of Access with any queries: vcl.westlancs-spa@nhs.net 0300 247 0011.

Urgent help If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111. If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999.

Mental health 24/7 mental health urgent response line 0800 953 0110. 24/7 mental health and wellbeing helpline 0800 915 4640 or text ‘hello’ to 07860 022 846. More information available at www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/mentalhealth.

Emergency Dental If you have an urgent dental need you can call the Lancashire Dental Helpline on 0300 1234 010 from 10am – 5pm everyday over the Bank Holiday weekend.

To support NHS services, it is important that you do not visit hospitals or doctors’ surgeries with dental problems.

Dr Peter Gregory, a local GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire CCG, 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.

“Please remember if visiting a pharmacy, walk in centre or any other health setting over the Bank Holiday weekend to make sure that you wear a face mask or covering if possible to do so, this is to help protect all patients and staff.

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

For up to the minute information on where to go if you fall ill during the bank holiday, visit the CCG’s website, as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages.

The details above portray the status as of 21 August 2020. All services may change during the pandemic. Follow West Lancashire CCG on social media for latest updates on changes to health services locally.