Published on Aug 26, 2021
Over the summer bank holiday GP practices in North East Lincolnshire will not be open, but there's still expert advice and treatment available if you or a member of your family becomes ill or injured during the long weekend.
If it’s not an emergency but you need urgent health advice then you should contact NHS 111 which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 111 or go online at 111.nhs.uk. where trained advisers will assess the situation and what you need. They will give you advice and information, direct you to the appropriate service for your need or connect you with a health professional for further treatment.
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Most people do not need professional help for minor ailments and a lot of minor illnesses can be treated at home with what you have 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 and you can search for your ailment by visiting https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/.
A few pharmacies will be open over the bank holidays to provide expert advice on treatment and essential medicines for minor health issues. You can find out which local pharmacies these are via this link NEL Pharmacy Opening Times August Bank Holiday. The 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 or dial 999 in a real emergency - if you are badly hurt, seriously ill, or if you have been advised to go there by NHS 111, your GP, or a pharmacist.
When should I visit A&E?
A&E (or 999) is for when someone:
• is unconscious
• has severe chest pain
• has a fever and is persistently lethargic despite having paracetamol or ibuprofen
• has a head injury and vomiting
• has heavy blood loss
• is having difficulty breathing (breathing fast, panting or are very wheezy)
• has severe abdominal pain
• has a cut that won’t stop bleeding or is gaping open
• has a leg or arm injury and can’t use the limb
• has swallowed poison or tablets
• has an object lodged in nose or ear.
Or if you have been advised to by NHS 111, your GP or a pharmacist.