15 August 2017
Find the right health advice and treatment over the August bank holiday
With GP surgeries in Wiltshire closed on Monday 28 August 2017, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is asking people to plan ahead and consider the range of healthcare services available to them if they need medical advice or treatment over the bank holiday.
Dr Richard Sandford Hill, a GP at Market Lavington Surgery said: “A&E attendances over the bank holiday often reach similar peaks to those seen at Christmas. Those figures can be attributed, in part, to people attending A&E for less serious illnesses and injuries that could be treated elsewhere. It’s important therefore, that people understand where to go for health advice and treatment, depending on their requirements. To help with this, Wiltshire CCG has produced an easy to use healthcare clock – a signposting tool to help people access the right healthcare at the right time in Wiltshire available to download from their website.”
“For a minor health problem it may be possible to seek advice and treatment from your local pharmacy, many of which will be open over the bank holiday.
For sprains, dislocations, minor cuts and burns, or minor eye injuries then visit one of the minor injury units located in Chippenham or Trowbridge, or the walk-in centre in Salisbury. Call the NHS111 service, they will be able to advise you on the most appropriate place to go for advice or treatment, simply dial 111.
If you need urgent medical assistance for a serious or life threatening condition then always telephone 999 straight away.
Dr Sandford-Hill continues: “We also strongly recommend that people think ahead and check that they have enough of their routine medication to see them through the three day weekend. If you need to order more, it is advisable to request it well in advance of the bank holiday to ensure that you receive it in time.