Help ease pressures on health services this August Bank Holiday

Use trusted NHS online services

The NHS 111 website offers advice on a range of health issues and is a useful place to turn for guidanceIf you’re caring for children this bank holiday, download HANDiApp, a free app which contains expert advice on the most common childhood illnesses.

Ask your pharmacist

Did you know community pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns?  

Pharmacists can offer advice on illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment to see them and many have private consultation areas. Your pharmacist will tell you if you need further medical attention.

Here’s the pharmacy opening hours for Monday 26 August 2019:

Call NHS 111

If you’re feeling unwell and you aren’t sure where to go, dial 111. NHS 111 is available 24/7 and is free to call.

An adviser will ask questions to assess your symptoms and will either give you advice or direct you a local service which can help. Advisers can also book you an appointment with your nearest GP out-of-hours service if needed.

Emergency departments and 999 are for life-threatening emergencies

Emergency departments and the ambulance service are for life-threatening emergencies and accidents including; loss of consciousness, suspected heart attacks, breathing difficulties or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.

Emergency departments are likely to be extremely busy over the bank holiday weekend with long waiting times, so please call NHS 111 for advice first if you are not sure where to go.