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Choose well and enjoy your bank holiday weekend

29 April 2013

Choose well and enjoy your bank holiday weekend

LOCAL people are being urged to consider the full range of NHS services available to them, in the event of becoming poorly over the bank holiday weekend.

GPs will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday the 6th May, which means that anyone who becomes ill will need to be aware of all of the alternative local health services available to them.  Patients who require repeat prescriptions are also asked to think ahead and get hold of the required amount in advance of the holiday weekend.

Patients are urged to consider that many common injuries and illnesses including an upset stomach, coughs, colds and flu like symptoms can be alleviated with over the counter remedies, which are available from local pharmacies.

Community pharmacists will also be able to provide expert advice on every day injuries or illnesses without an appointment and will be able to assess your symptoms and tell you when you need to visit your GP.

If you need urgent treatment, Bury Urgent Treatment Centre located within Moorgate Primary Care Centre Bury, is open every day from 8am to 10pm, no appointment is needed.  The service offers an alternative choice for anyone who can’t get a same day appointment at their own GP practice, when they are suffering from an ailment, illness or injury that needs assessing quickly, but isn’t serious enough to require a visit to the A&E.

Dr Kiran Patel, local GP and Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Common complaints, including back-ache, minor sports injuries, upset stomachs, coughs, colds and flu like symptoms can be treated by having a well stocked medicine cabinet at home.

“If your GP practice is closed and you need urgent care, you can get fast access at the Bury Urgent Treatment Centre and the Nurse Led Prestwich Walk-in Centre, which is open every day from 8am until 8pm, offering treatment for a range of minor ailments and illnesses, including medication if appropriate.

“By choosing well patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time, whilst keeping emergency services available for those patients who need them most.”

Advice about self care and details of local health services are available by visiting the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk.

A full list of bank holiday opening times for pharmacies in Bury is available under the ‘news section’ of our website at www.buryccg.nhs.uk.

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For press & media enquiries: contact Nosheen Idrees, Communications Officer, on 07795 507462 or email buccg.communications@nhs.net  

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