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Get the right treatment this Easter

Make sure you know where to go if you or your family become ill over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

There will be changes to opening times for some local healthcare services over the bank holiday weekend, including some closures on Friday 3 April and Monday 6 April.

However, there will always be somewhere to go for medical treatment and advice appropriate to your symptoms.

Dr Kiran Patel, Chair and Clinical Lead at NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “It is important that local people know where to go if they are unwell, so that they can receive the best possible treatment in the quickest time for their condition.

“There are lots of alternatives to A&E, such as self-care; pharmacies; online and telephone help and walk-in centres.  Patients can now also access GP appointments 7 days a week through Bury’s new extended GP access scheme.

“Using A&E appropriately means that it is available for those patients that really need it, so please think about the best service to meet your needs if you are unwell.”

Your local community Pharmacy

Your local pharmacist can give expert, confidential advice or medicines for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, tummy troubles and much more.

Pharmacies open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday can be found here.  Please check availability before your travel. 

NHS Choices www.nhs.uk and NHS 111

NHS Choices is a dedicated website where you can find up-to-date and expert advice on a range of illnesses and complaints, as well as find your nearest NHS services, such as GPs, dentists, pharmacists and walk-in centres. Visit NHS Choices.

Call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast, free medical advice when it's not an emergency.

GP services

Some GP appointments will be available across the borough on Good Friday and Easter Monday – ring your own GP practice to find out more.

Minor eye conditions service

Offering assessment and treatment for people with minor eye conditions. Some optometry practices offer appointments at the weekend. Please visit www.burymecs.co.uk  for full details.

Walk-in centres

Bury’s walk-in services can also offer assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries that aren't serious enough to require a visit to A&E, no appointment needed. In Bury, patients can be treated at:

·         Bury Urgent Treatment Centre, First floor Moorgate Primary Care Centre, 22 Derby Way, Bury, BL9 0NJ: Open 8am-10pm seven days a week – this is a GP led service.

·         Prestwich Walk-in Centre, Fairfax Road, Prestwich, M25 1BT: Open 8am-8pm.  This is a nurse led service.

Please remember that A&E and 999 services are for emergency and life-threatening conditions only.

 

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