Somerset NHS plea for bank holiday
The NHS is asking people in Somerset for their support over what is likely to be a busy bank holiday weekend. Some pharmacies and healthcare settings are opening as usual over the bank holiday. However most GP practices will be closed for three days from Friday 26 August until Tuesday 30 August.
Waiting times have continued to grow at Accident and Emergency departments in Yeovil and Taunton. The figures released for July showed fewer than 80% were seen within 4 hours of arrival. The NHS is urging people to get the right treatment, not simply head automatically for A & E.
For life-threatening emergencies, people should continue to call 999 or go to their nearest A&E. If in doubt call NHS 111 for advice, they can assess what level of care you need. They can also arrange for you to be seen at a local emergency department, if suitable.
For injuries which are not life-threatening there are a number of Minor Injury Units in Somerset. These can help with a wide range of conditions including:
- broken bones,
- throat and chest infections,
- eye infections,
- urinary infections,
- emergency contraception,
- sprains, and strains,
- wounds and bites
For minor illnesses, including hay fever, coughs and colds, skin infections as well as aches and pains, please speak to their local pharmacist. As qualified healthcare professionals, pharmacists can advise on a wide range of minor health conditions. They can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines. Opening hours for pharmacies across Somerset can be found on the NHS England website https://www.england.nhs.uk/south/info-professional/pharm-info/pharmacy-opening-hours/
If you need to speak to a GP while away from home over the holidays, you can contact your own GP practice during opening hours in the first instance. They will be able to offer an online consultation and advice. This advice also applies to visitors travelling to Somerset. All GP practices now offer remote consultations and can be contacted for advice if needed.