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Bank Holiday Healthcare: Examine Your Options

Alder Hey in the ParkTHE LOCAL NHS is encouraging people to look after themselves this August Bank Holiday weekend, in order to avoid some of the most common bank holiday health complaints such as sunburn, sun stroke, dehydration and food poisoning from cooking on a barbeque.

NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is also urging people to think carefully about which is the appropriate health service to use if they do become unwell over the Bank Holiday weekend, when GP surgeries are closed.

Local residents are being advised to visit a local NHS Walk-in Centre for health advice and treatment over the weekend, or to call NHS 111 which provides 24 hour advice on where to go, and access to local GPs out of hours if required.

Dr Fiona Lemmens GP, Vice Chair and Clinical Lead for Urgent & Emergency Care at NHS Liverpool CCG said:

“During bank holidays many NHS services are busier than at other times, with many people feeling unsure where to get health advice when their usual GP surgeries are closed.

“If you need to see a health professional, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency which requires a 999 call or urgent trip to A&E, we are encouraging people to use local NHS Walk-in Centres which are open every day from early till late – including on bank holidays.

“You can also call NHS 111 which provides 24 hour advice and information over the phone, and can also offer you some assistance if you aren’t sure where to go.

NHS Walk-in Centres can provide treatment for a wide range of injuries and illnesses such as stomach upsets and vomiting, infections, rashes, cuts, bumps and falls, minor sprains, breaks or burns, coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms.

They can also provide emergency contraception, X-rays, and prescriptions for medication if required. You don’t need an appointment either – you can just walk in.

Local NHS Walk-in Centre opening times over the Bank Holiday are as follows:

  • Litherland NHS Walk-in Centre: 8am – 8pm
  • Liverpool City Centre NHS Walk-in Centre: 9am – 10pm
  • Old Swan NHS Walk-in Centre: 7am – 10pm
  • Smithdown Children’s NHS Walk-in Centre (for 0-15s): 10am – 4pm
  • South Liverpool NHS Walk-in Centre: 9am – 5pm

In addition, local pharmacies can also offer a wealth of health advice on self-care, and can recommend the best medicines for treating various symptoms or conditions yourself at home.

Dr Lemmens continues, ““We want everyone to enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and any good weather we might have, but also to be mindful of some of the common health risks too.

“It’s really easy to get sun burnt when you’re not expecting it in our changeable British weather, even if the sun is cooler or if it’s a sunny and cloudy day. So do make sure you protect yourselves and your families by wearing sunscreen, taking regular breaks in the shade, and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.”

“No one wants to be ill or injured, especially over the Bank Holiday weekend.  By examining your options and knowing where to go for health care, you can get the right advice and treatment quickly when you need it, so that you can get back to enjoying your time off quickly.”

For more information on where to go for treatment and advice, please visit: www.examineyouroptions.info

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