Check your bank hol­i­day health­care

Middleton Guardian - - A-LEVELS - HE­LEN JOHN­SON

NHS Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group is urg­ing res­i­dents to think about their health­care, plan ahead and know where to go for ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal ad­vice and treat­ment over the bank hol­i­day week­end.

There will be changes to open­ing times for some lo­cal health­care ser­vices over the bank hol­i­day, in­clud­ing clo­sures on Mon­day, Au­gust 28.

Pa­tients are ad­vised to tele­phone their usual phar­macy be­fore trav­el­ling.

Phar­ma­cists are qual­i­fied ex­perts in the use of medicines and can give ad­vice on a range of com­mon symp­toms, medicines, healthy liv­ing and self-care.

Phar­ma­cists may be able to help peo­ple with skin con­di­tions, coughs, colds, mi­nor cuts and bruises and much more.

The phar­ma­cies that will be open on Bank Hol­i­day Mon­day are Asda Phar­macy on Dane Street, Boots Phar­macy in the Ex­change and Pearl Phar­macy on Tweedale Street in Rochdale and Tesco Phar­macy on Barton Road in Mid­dle­ton.

Lo­cal GP ap­point­ments are also avail­able at four ‘ex­tended hours hubs’ across the bor­ough over the bank hol­i­day week­end.

Pa­tients can book in ad­vance by con­tact­ing their own GP surgery or by ring­ing the cen­tral book­ing ser­vice on 0161 763 8292.

The NHS 111 ser­vice is also avail­able for peo­ple who ur­gently need med­i­cal help or ad­vice.

Dr Chris Duffy, NHS Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group chair and lo­cal GP, said: “As you plan ahead for the long week­end, fall­ing ill is not on the agenda but un­for­tu­nately it does hap­pen.

“It is im­por­tant for peo­ple across Hey­wood, Mid­dle­ton and Rochdale to know where they should go to get the right treat­ment if they are un­well and be aware there are a num­ber of op­tions avail­able.

“Many mi­nor con­di­tions can be eas­ily treated if you have a well-stocked medicine cab­i­net at home.

“Phar­ma­cists can give ex­pert med­i­cal ad­vice on ev­ery­day ail­ments, in­clud­ing sun­burn, mi­nor cuts and bruises and in­di­ges­tion. If you do need to see a GP or nurse, our ex­tended hours hubs of­fer ap­point­ments over the bank hol­i­day week­end.

“The NHS 111 ser­vice for non-emer­gen­cies is avail­able 24/7 and is fast, easy and free.

“Call 111 and you will be asked a se­ries of ques­tions to as­sess your symp­toms and di­rected to the best med­i­cal care for you.”

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