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Bank Holidays - Advice and Contact Options for Health Concerns
Posted on 13 Dec 2021
· Self-care - You can often treat minor illnesses or accidents, like coughs, colds and grazes at home with over the counter medicines. Antibiotics do not work on winter viruses like colds and flu so do not ask for them.
· Pharmacy - Pharmacists are medical experts who can offer advice and over the counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.
· GP - Your GP surgery should usually be the first place you contact for all medical questions. You can book an appointment on their website or by phoning them. They can help you book appointments out of hours and on weekends and bank holidays. When outside of working hours please listen to the recorded message which will direct you to out of hours services.
· 111 online - If you have an urgent but not-life-threatening medical need, make sure you go NHS 111 online first rather than going straight to A&E. NHS 111 online will help you right away and if needed a healthcare professional will call you.
· Call 111 - If you cannot use the internet, call 111. NHS 111 will help you right away and make sure you speak to a healthcare professional or book you an appointment an urgent treatment centre, emergency dental service, or GP.
Please remember 999 and A&E are for emergencies only.