Your local NHS is here for you this Bank Holiday
With the Easter Bank Holiday approaching, Frimley Health and Care ICS, is reminding residents not to leave it too late to order or collect repeat prescriptions.
Click here for details of local pharmacy opening times over the holiday season. The details are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change. You are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you require.
Dr Huw Thomas, GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Frimley CCG, said: “If you take regular medication, it is important that you remember to request and pick up any repeat prescriptions as many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed or have reduced opening hours over the holiday. Forgetting to take medication can have serious health consequences for some patients.
“If you do become unwell over the Bank Holiday, the NHS is here to help you and you should continue to seek medical treatment when you need it.
“Sometimes it might feel like the only option to go to A&E if you think NHS services are closed during but remember to think NHS 111 first.
“You can call NHS 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your medical need or concern will be assessed by a health professional - ranging from nurses, doctors, pharmacists and paramedics - without you needing to leave your home. Depending on the outcome, you will, if needed, be directed to the most appropriate health service in a timely and safe way. This may include a booked arrival time at the local A&E department if your condition is more serious. Please note that A&E will manage patients based on their clinical need during times of significant demand.
“Our NHS staff do an amazing job every day. Let's help them by using their services wisely.”
Visit the Frimley Health and Care website for details of local healthcare services.
Here is what’s open over the Bank Holiday
Worried about the health and wellbeing of a child
Unsure if you should stay at home with a sick child or need to see someone?
Visit the NHS Frimley Healthier Together website. Designed by local experts the website provides support to parents and carers to help them manage a range of common childhood illnesses.
Mental health support
We understand it is a difficult time for many. If you are feeling worried about your mental health there are number of services available, visit Mental Wellbeing | Frimley Health and Care.
If you are in a mental health crisis, you call 111 or text Shout to 85258. Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
Pharmacists can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they will ensure you get the help you need.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
For convenient support close to your home – think pharmacy.
Click here for details of local pharmacy opening times over the Bank Holiday.
Think NHS 111
If you need urgent medical help, think 111 first. NHS 111 is available on the phone and online 24/7 at https://111.nhs.uk/ and can direct you to the right service at the right time
Minor Injuries Unit
The Minor Injuries Unit at Brants Bridge, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 9RT, can help with a range of minor injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.
Open every day from 8am to 8pm including Bank Holidays. X-ray services are available 6 days a week (Sunday to Friday’s, not available on Saturday’s).
If you think you need urgent dental treatment, call your regular dentist. If you cannot reach your dentist or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre.
Emergency Department or calling 999
Only for very serious or life threatening situations. This includes:
- loss of consciousness
- a sudden confused state
- fits that are not stopping
- chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
- severe burns or scalds
- major trauma such as a road traffic collision
- feelings of self-harm or suicide
Less severe injuries can be treated at the Minor Injuries Unit at Brants Bridge, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 9RT. If you’re unsure remember to think NHS 111.