Wiltshire GPs remind us the NHS can still help over the Bank Holiday

Wiltshire GPs remind us the NHS can still help over the Bank Holiday

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 7:29am 22nd May 2020.

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With some doctors surgeries closed for the long weekend, we're being reassured that healthcare is still available if we need it.

Fewer of us have been using NHS services in recent weeks, due to concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak and not wanting to increase the pressure on the system.

But thanks to the adaptations made to cope with the pandemic, there's a reminder that the NHS is able to help us with any health worries.

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Healthcare services are still available to help us if we need it over the Bank Holiday weekend

Many Wiltshire GP surgeries will be closed across the Bank Holiday weekend, reopening on Tuesday 26th May.

Some will be reducing opening hours, to provide a limited service for patients during that time.

We're encouraged to use the NHS 111 service in the first instance, either by calling 111 from mobiles or landlines, or visiting the 111.nhs.uk website.

Dr Andrew Girdher, Clinical Chair, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: 

"I know that people in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire can be resilient when they need to be, and many may not think much of waiting one extra day before seeking help, but I know from experience that delaying treatment for any urgent condition is never a good idea.

"As a practicing GP, my advice to any person waking up feeling unwell on Saturday, Sunday or Monday is to call 111 and have one of the specially trained advisers use their professional judgement to decide if further help is needed.

"It's a quick and easy process and could ultimately be the difference between getting something relatively small cleared up quickly and having to go to hospital later down the line."

Hospital A&E departments, like Salisbury District Hospital will still be open throughout the Bank Holiday, to support those that need emergency care. 

That's for conditions like broken bones, heavy bleeding, chest pain and loss of consciousness.

Accident and Emergency - A and E - Salisbury District Hospital - Ambulance (Mike Draper) (2)
The A&E department at SDH remains open at this time for medical emergencies

Opening hours for some pharmacies may also be affected by the Bank Holiday, with most closed on Monday 25th May.

You can check the opening hours for your local pharmacy on the CCG's website.

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