NHS Wakefield issues advice to save patients a long wait in A&E this bank holiday weekend

As the bank holiday approaches, the local NHS is reminding patients to choose the right health services for their needs to get the most appropriate treatment as quickly as possible.


Doctors are reminding patients of the benefits of using their local pharmacies. Pharmacists are qualified experts in the use of medicines and can give advice on common symptoms, medicines and healthy living.


Local people are being reminded by NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to stock up on vital medicines they might need during the bank holiday weekend and ensure all repeat prescriptions are ordered in advance.


Some pharmacies are open over the bank holiday but there will be changes to usual opening times. Patients can locate their nearest pharmacy by visiting the NHS Choices website. Pharmacy opening information for over the bank holiday weekend is detailed below:


Pharmacy Details

May Day

Spring Bank


Asda Stores Ltd, Asdale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ,

Tel: 01924 241810




Asda Stores Ltd,  Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, Castleford,

WF10 5EL, Tel: 01977 788910




Boots UK Ltd, 26-28 Upper Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1UP, 

Tel: 01924 376181




Boots UK Ltd, 3-5 Beastfair, Pontefract, WF8 1AL,

Tel: 01977 703719




Excel Chemist, 56 High Street, Wakefield, WF6 2AQ

Tel: 01924 896777




Lloyds Pharmacy, Trinity Walk, Marsh Way, Wakefield, WF1 1QQ, Tele:01924 301428




Tesco Pharmacy, Market Street, Hemsworth, WF9 4LB, Tele: 0345 6719384




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.


GP appointments for urgent conditions will also be available for patients over the bank holiday.  The GP Care Wakefield scheme enables patients to have access to medical advice and, if required, access to a Wakefield GP appointment, through their normal GP practice telephone number between 9:00am  and 3:00pm over the bank holiday weekend.


Wakefield’s King Street Walk-in Centre is also open every day, including bank holidays, from 10:00am-10:00pm, which can provide health support and advice to anyone who comes through the door.


People who need urgent treatment for serious but non-life-threatening conditions can go to Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre, where walk-in patients will be seen 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.


The A&E at Pinderfields is there to help with life-threatening situations, such as severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness, or bleeding that cannot be stopped.


Dr Phillip Earnshaw, Chair of NHS Wakefield CCG, said: “People only need to go to Pinderfields A&E or dial 999 for significant accidents, or serious medical conditions.


“If you have an urgent medical need that is not life-threatening, you’ll often be seen faster by accessing a different NHS service, such as the King Street Walk-in Centre, out-of-hours GP appointments or Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre.


“People only need to know three numbers – that’s the number for their own GP practice, 111 if they are unsure where to go and 999 for absolute emergencies.’




For further information, please contact Senior Communications Officer Amy Byard on 01924 315745 or email press.officewakefieldccg.nhsuk.

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