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How to access NHS services over the May bank holiday

2024-05-24T13:49:44+01:00Friday 24 May 2024|

Ahead of the spring bank holiday (Monday 27 May), people in the Black Country are being reminded how to access NHS health services.

Due to the bank holiday some services such as GP surgeries and pharmacies may be closed or working on a reduced service. Selected pharmacies will still be available for prescriptions, non-urgent medical advice, and treatment of common ailments.

A full list of Black Country pharmacies and opening times can be found on the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board website.

People who need medical help that isn’t an emergency should contact NHS 111 in the first

instance by visiting or by calling 111.

NHS 111 can help direct people to the most appropriate local health service if they aren’t sure where to go – this could include an out of hours GP, a pharmacy, a local NHS walk-in centre, or

a hospital accident & emergency (A&E) department.

Dr Ananta Dave, Chief Medical Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “Bank holidays are always a busy time for the NHS which is why it’s important to plan ahead and make sure you’re fully prepared for the bank holiday weekend.

“There are a number of different things people can do to be ready, for example, collect your repeat prescription in good time, keep your medicine cabinet stocked and know which healthcare services are available to you.

“A number of pharmacies will remain open over the bank holiday weekend and should be your first port of call for any minor health concerns. Pharmacists are able to offer clinical advice and can now supply medicines for a number of conditions, without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.

“If you need urgent medical help over the long weekend, contact NHS 111 in the first instance and they will direct you to the most appropriate service for advice or treatment. We are always here for those who need help, and patients should come forward if they need to, but please remember that our busy ambulance services and hospital A&E departments should only be used for life-threatening illnesses and injuries, when you think someone’s life may be at risk.”

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