Spring into action and make sure you and your family are prepared for any healthcare needs this weekend

Spring into action and make sure you and your family are prepared for any healthcare needs this weekend.

While GP Practices in North East Lincolnshire will not be open on Spring Bank Holiday (Monday May 25) there is advice and treatment available if you or a member of your family becomes ill or injured.

If it’s not an emergency but you need urgent health advice then you should ring the Single Point of Access on 01472 256 256. This service provides confidential advice and information 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Trained advisers who are supported by experienced clinicians will assess what you need and either give you advice there and then, or direct you to the appropriate service for your needs.

If you have coronavirus symptoms use the 111 coronavirus service or if you’re unable to get online ring 111.

Fortunately, most people do not need professional help for minor ailments. You can treat a lot of minor illnesses at home with what is in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit if you are out and about, or by getting advice from a pharmacy about over the counter medicines. The NHS website is full of trusted information and advice. You can search for your ailment by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/.

Some pharmacies will be open on Bank Holiday Monday to ensure you can access services if necessary. You can find out which local pharmacies will be open on Monday via this link NEL Pharmacies Spring Bank Holiday. Information is correct at the time of publishing but please check with the pharmacy before making a special journey.

Emergency services are operating as usual but you should only go to A&E (sometimes known as “Casualty”) or dial 999 in a real emergency - if you are badly hurt, seriously ill or if you have been advised to go there by SPA (or NHS 111), your GP or a Pharmacist. 

Outside of weekends and Bank Holidays, GP practices in North East Lincolnshire are open for patient services although the arrangements are different to enable them to work safely due to coronavirus, and you should not attend a GP surgery unless you have been told to do so. Our practices are operating a triage system to assess all requests for appointments and support via on-line methods or telephone. Patients can then be seen face to face, where this is deemed clinically appropriate.

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