GPs in Northamptonshire are urging people to help the NHS by using local health services wisely over the summer bank holiday weekend.
The long weekend is a great time for relaxing but if you get injured or you become ill unexpectedly, the NHS is still on hand.
By choosing the right place for treatment and advice, you will get the help you need more quickly. You will also be keeping your local A&E department free to treat those with the most serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries.
People who require health services over the bank holiday weekend have a number of options, make sure you choose the right one.
- NHS 111 service - If you need medical help fast, but your condition is not life threatening, call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the freephone number is staffed by trained advisors and experienced clinicians who can assess you, offer advice and direct you to the right place to get the medical care you need as quickly as possible.
- Corby Urgent Care Centre - For a minor injury or illness that needs urgent attention, this service is an alternative to attending A&E. The centre is located at the Willowbrook Health Complex, Cottingham Road, Corby, and is open 8am to 8pm every day of the year. It has free car parking and appointments are not necessary. The centre has a range of diagnostic facilities including an x-ray department.
- Pharmacy - Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy and you can speak to them without having to make an appointment. Your pharmacist can offer advice on how to look after yourself at home with rest and over-the-counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies open in Northamptonshire over the weekend including bank holiday Monday. A full list is available on the Nene Clinicical Comissioning Group (CCG) website: https://www.neneccg.nhs.uk/pharmacies/
- Self-care - A well-stocked medical cabinet can help you deal with minor accidents and injuries at home.
- Repeat Prescriptions - Don't forget to order repeat prescriptions needed in time for the bank holiday.
Dr Matthew Davies, Medical Director NHS Nene CCG, said: "If you do become unwell over the bank holiday weekend, there are lots of ways that you can get the care you need. No one wants to spend their bank holiday sitting in A&E if you don't need to - there are quicker and easier ways to get treatment.
"Going to the right place for your condition ensures that you receive the help you require as quickly as possible, and it also helpt to free up A&E for people with life threatening injuries and illnesses."