We're here for you this bank holiday

Posted: May 22, 2020

Do not delay seeking help this bank holiday weekend

If you need medical help the NHS is still here for you this weekend, despite GP practices being closed until Tuesday 26 May.

For urgent or emergency care in Swindon, the Urgent Care Centre at the Great Western Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (including bank holidays) and the Emergency Department is also open 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Anyone experiencing chest pains, heavy and persistent bleeding, broken bones, any of the symptoms of stroke or any other emergency condition should not hesitate calling 999 straight away.

NHS 111 is an easy way to get the right help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, either online or by phone, visit www.111.nhs.uk or phone 111.

Trained health advisors will ask you a series of questions, before either connecting you to a nurse, dentist, pharmacist or GP. Alternatively they will direct you to, or making you an appointment with, a local NHS service. This could be an out-of hours GP service, a children's clinic or the Urgent Care Centre.

If you're ever unsure what to do when your GP surgery is closed, please contact NHS 111 for advice.

For information about NHS services in Swindon, visit Local healthcare services (/patients-and-visitors/local-healthcare-services/)

For information on pharmacy opening hours, visit Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group's website: Pharmacy opening hours (https://bswccg.nhs.uk/news-events/covid-19/pharmacy-opening-hours).

Please look out for more vulnerable family, friends and neighbours.

In particular, children and young people, older people, people with long-term health conditions and people with learning disabilities, and support people to seek help as soon as they feel unwell.

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