We are open this bank holiday weekend

Posted: May 7, 2020

Urgent Care Centre open 24/7

Urgent Care Centre signIf you need medical help the NHS is still here for you this weekend.

Please do not delay seeking help.

You are not a burden, the NHS is open and ready to treat you.

For urgent or emergency care in Swindon, the Urgent Care Centre at the Great Western Hospital is now 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. 

Any person 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.

If you're ever unsure what to do, visit NHS 111 online (www.111.nhs.uk) or phone NHS 111.

The 111 service is a one-stop-shop of local health information, with trained advisers on hand to offer tailored advice and guidance based around a person's individual symptoms.

A number of hot GP practices will be open as normal on Friday 8 May.

These sites have been specially adapted to only see and treat potential coronavirus patients, as well as people living in the same household as those with symptoms.

The NHS 111 service will be able to arrange appointments for patients whose usual practice is closed because of the bank holiday.

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.

For information about the NHS services available locally, please see Local healthcare services.

The opening hours of many community pharmacies on Friday 8 May will be affected by the bank holiday, however most will be open for at least three hours for people needing to collect repeat prescriptions and urgent, on-the-day medication.

For details of which pharmacies are open and when, please see the 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).

Dr Andrew Girdher, Clinical Chair, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "In much the same way that injuries and illnesses do not stop for coronavirus, they do not stop for bank holidays either, which is why it's so important not to wait if you become unwell this weekend.

"Seeking help early on is always the most sensible approach to take when it comes to healthcare, and with robust services still operating this weekend, there's no reason to wait until Monday before picking up the phone.

"I know some people may think they are doing the NHS a favour at this time by not coming forward with everyday ailments but, as a clinician, I can assure you that is not the case.

"It's only by patients being proactive and letting us know when something isn't quite right that we can keep people well, independent and, perhaps most importantly, happy at home."

Further information

Please make sure you visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) information section

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