Healthcare leaders are sharing advice for getting the help you need in West Lancashire over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend should you become unwell.
People who need urgent NHS care, but it is not a 999 emergency, are advised to contact NHS 111 which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.
Dr Peter Gregory, local GP and chair of NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “Although there are changes to some healthcare services over the bank holiday weekend, if you’re feeling unwell, there is plenty of help and advice available from NHS 111.
“We would advise you to ‘think 111 first’ and contact the team either by visiting 111.nhs.uk online to answer some questions about your condition, or by calling freephone 111 over the phone.”
Opening times for services such as pharmacies, walk in centres and GP practices may change over the bank holiday, so residents are advised to plan ahead to make sure they know where to go for help. Healthcare leaders are also urging residents to make sure they have enough supply of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early and getting their medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials.
Dr Gregory continued: “If you do rely on medication for long-term conditions, don’t leave it too late to order your repeat prescriptions before the weekend. Pharmacies may change their opening hours over the bank holiday weekend so it’s best to be prepared.
“Pharmacists are also there for you for help with common ailments should you need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help you get the right medications for everyday illnesses.”
There will be some pharmacies open over the bank holiday weekend and the best way to keep up to date with which ones are open are to follow the NHS West Lancashire CCG Facebook and Twitter channels, who will promote on the day information.
Some pharmacies will be open on the May Day Bank Holiday (Monday 2nd May) and their details are below:
These pharmacy times are accurate as of Wednesday 27th April – please check with the pharmacy before making your journey.
If you need emergency dental treatment when your dentist is closed you can call 0300 1234 010.