Patients from across Norfolk and Waveney are being urged to use healthcare services wisely and make the most of their pharmacy over the bank holiday weekend.
The area’s five NHS clinical commissioning groups – Great Yarmouth and Waveney, North Norfolk, West Norfolk, Norwich and South Norfolk – are reminding people that going to the right place for treatment and advice will mean they get the help they need more quickly.
A wide range of advice is available from local pharmacies, many of which are open over the weekend. This includes help with minor injuries, infections, headaches, emergency contraception and coughs and colds.
People should check their medicine cabinet and first aid kit is well-stocked with items such as painkillers antiseptic cream and plasters so that they can self-care for minor injuries and illnesses at home.
If it is urgent but not an emergency you can call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the freephone number is manned by trained advisors who can offer advice or arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse if appropriate.
The NHS walk-in centre at Rouen House in Rouen Road, Norwich, will be open between 7am and 9pm every day and can help issues such as minor cuts and wounds, strains and sprains, flu-like symptoms, skin complaints and stomach problems. You do not need an appointment.
The minor injuries unit based at Cromer is also open seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm. Patients can turn up without an appointment and receive treatment for minor injuries such as minor wounds, burns or simple fractures.
Finally, anyone who needs a repeat prescription should order and collect it in advance of the bank holiday weekend. Pharmacies and NHS 111 can help with emergency prescriptions where necessary.
Dr John Stammers, a GP in Southwold and chairman of NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG, said: “There are a wide variety of NHS services available for anyone who becomes ill or injures themselves over the bank holiday weekend. We are urging people to think about the help they need and choose the right service to meet their needs.
“By choosing well, not only will you get treatment more quickly but will also leave urgent care services free for people in greater need.”
For a list of pharmacies in Norfolk which will be open over the bank holiday weekend, visit: www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/08/norfolk-august-bh-2017.pdf
For Great Yarmouth and Waveney, go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/mids-east/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2017/08/great-yarmouth-waveney-august-bh-2017.pdf