AS the Easter Bank Holiday comes up at the start of April, it is important to know which services are available across West Lancashire should you or a loved one need assistance.
Dr Peter Gregory, local GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There are a range of services and support available for people who need them over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
“If you’re feeling unwell, the NHS website has a full guide on conditions, symptoms and treatments. Pharmacies will also be open across the region, offering advice and over-the-counter medicines.”
Help us Help You
Across the region there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue. During the COVID-19 pandemic, local health services are still here for you when you need them.
Some pharmacies will be open over the Bank Holiday weekend. Details of which ones are open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are below. Please note this information is subject to change; check with your pharmacy before you visit.
|Pharmacy||Good Friday (2 April)||Easter Sunday (4 April)||Easter Monday (5 April)|
|Asda Pharmacy (Ingram Road, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LA)||9am – 6pm||CLOSED||9am – 6pm|
|Boots Pharmacy (20 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6ND)||10am – 4pm||CLOSED||CLOSED|
|Morrisons Pharmacy (Aughton Street, Ormskirk, L39 3RB)||10am – 4pm||CLOSED||10am – 4pm|
|Aspire Pharmacy (9 Railway Road, Ormskirk, L39 2DN)||CLOSED||1pm – 4pm||CLOSED|
|Rowlands Pharmacy (55 Westgate, Skelmersdale, WN8 8LP)||CLOSED||1pm – 4pm||CLOSED|
To find your local pharmacy, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/find-a-pharmacy
Managing your prescriptions
In West Lancashire you can manage your repeat prescription by contacting the POD. Please note the POD do not order prescriptions on behalf of Parbold Surgery, Hall Green Surgery and Beacon Primary Care, please contact these surgeries direct to order your repeat prescription.
The POD is available Monday to Friday, from 8.30am – 11.30am and from 2.30pm – 4.30pm by calling 01695 588 522. The team can be contacted to order prescriptions. If you require a GP appointment, please contact your GP practice. The POD will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday.
If you prefer you can also manage your repeat prescription by using the FREE Patient Access website and/or smartphone app, simply search ‘patient access’, on your smartphone or visit www.patientaccess.com and contact your GP surgery for registration details. If using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.
You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.
You can also get the NHS App on the App Store or Google Play. The NHS App is the simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone and tablet.
NHS 111 First
People who need urgent NHS care across West Lancashire are being asked to contact NHS 111 before going to a hospital accident and emergency department.
NHS 111 will direct people to the most appropriate health service which may include a walk-in centre, GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.
If patients are assessed as needing to attend a hospital, they will get a timed appointment at a hospital emergency department.
In a medical emergency, people should always call 999.
Your Local GP
GPs across West Lancashire will be closed over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
The GP out-of-hours service is still available. To access this service, simply call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.
West Lancashire has two walk-in centres. The West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre (formally referred to as the West Lancashire Walk-in Centre) in Ormskirk, which is based at Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ, and the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre at The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ, both of which are open seven days a week, from 8am – 8pm.
The staff within these centres, can treat minor injuries and minor ailments. The centres are currently only seeing patients with pre-booked appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can make an appointment via your GP, NHS 111 or call directly on 01695 402180.
|Walk-in Centres||Normal opening times||Good Friday (2 April)||Easter Sunday (4 April)||Easter Monday (5 April)|
|Ormskirk Hospital (L39 2AZ)||8am – 8pm everyday||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm|
|The Concourse Skelmersdale (WN8 6LJ)||8am – 8pm everyday||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm|
Mental Health support
If you are feeling anxious, depressed or simply need some to talk to, help is there. You can contact Mindsmatter, Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm on 01695 684 177 or online: www.lscft.nhs.uk/mindsmatter2-self-referral
Mindsmatter will not be open over Easter Bank Holiday but you can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on freephone 116 123.
Alternatively, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s [LSCFT] wellbeing and mental health line is a freephone, out of hours service for people requiring support in relation to their own mental health or someone they know. The service is available on 0800 915 4640 (Monday-Friday 7-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-12am).
LSCFT’s crisis line is also available 24 hours a day, every day of the year if you need urgent help on 0800 953 0110. People who prefer text communications can text HELLO to 07860 022846.
For emergency treatment when your dentist is closed, call 0300 1234 010.
If you need a COVID-19 test over Easter weekend, below are details of testing sites across West Lancashire.
|Good Friday (2 April)||Ormskirk Chapel Gallery, St Helen’s Road, Ormskirk, L39 4QR||Midday-4pm|
|Easter Sunday (4 April)||Concourse Shopping Centre, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LN||10am-4pm|
|Easter Monday (5 April)||Burscough Sports Centre, L40 0SD||Midday-4pm|
Permanent asymptomatic testing sites
|Site||Good Friday (2 April)||Easter Sunday (4 April)||Easter Monday (5 April)|
|Edge Hill University,||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm|
|Westgate||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm||8am – 8pm|
Symptomatic Mobile Testing Unit
|Easter Saturday & Sunday (3 & 4 April)||West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale Campus, College Way, Skelmersdale, WN8 6DX||10am-3pm|
Tests should be booked via https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
If you need medical advice about your symptoms visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Please note this information is correct at the time of writing and subject to change. For the latest guidance, see the West Lancashire Borough Council’s dedicated testing page: https://www.westlancs.gov.uk/more/emergencies/coronavirus/testing-sites-for-coronavirus.aspx
Your local health services:
To find your local health services and to check pharmacy opening times in West Lancashire, visit: www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/
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