The CCG is asking local people to consider how much of a bank holiday ‘PRO’ they are – whether they know what to do if they need to visit a pharmacy (P), get a repeat prescription (R) or use out-of-hours services (O).
A number of local pharmacies will be open over the bank holiday. This means that patients can still access healthcare advice and support for common conditions from trained health professionals when their GP practice is closed.
Pharmacists can offer advice on common ailments such as coughs, colds and aches and pains. In addition, most common ailments can be treated at home by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
A list of opening times for out-of-hours pharmacies across the Wakefield district is as follows:
Bank Holiday Monday
26-28 Upper Kirkgate
12 All Saints Walk
102 Barnsley Road
Hughes Chemists (Northern) Ltd
56 High Street
39 Barnsley Road
74 Carlton Street
People are advised to make sure that any repeat prescriptions they need are ordered ahead of the bank holiday.
Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Chair of NHS Wakefield CCG and local GP, said: “Forgetting to get your repeat prescriptions puts a lot of extra work on GP out-of-hours services over bank holidays when people realise they have run out of their regular medication and need to get more supplies urgently.
“We’re asking patients or carers to phone their GP as soon as possible if they need regular medicines to last over Easter.”
Across Wakefield district there are many out-of-hours services available for those who need urgent medical support for non-life-threatening conditions, including:
- The King Street Walk-in Centre, Wakefield - open every day, including bank holidays, from 10:00am-10:00pm. A nurse-led service that provides assessment, advice and treatment of minor illnesses and a selection of minor injuries
- Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre - can help with urgent, non-life threatening illness or injury. Walk-in patients will be seen 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week
- Weekend GP appointments - available every day over the bank holiday weekend by calling your usual GP practice number between 9am and 3pm
- Calling 111- people can also ring NHS 111 for advice and direction to the most appropriate service if they don’t know where to go. NHS 111 is available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year and calls are free.
Dr Earnshaw added: “Being a bank holiday ‘PRO’ means you’re prepared so you can enjoy the long-weekend with peace of mind.
“Across the district we have a really good offer for people who may need to access urgent medical support for non-life-threatening conditions.
“Some of our pharmacies are going to be open and pharmacists are a helpful first point of call for information about managing minor illnesses, alongside providing health and wellbeing advice.
“It’s really important that people only need to go to Pinderfields A&E or dial 999 for significant accidents, or serious medical conditions.”
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