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Healthcare services over the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend

As local areas Frimley Health and Care prepare to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (2-5 June), the NHS is encouraging people to think and plan ahead, celebrate with care and know what services are available if you need medical advice over the extended weekend (2-5 June).

The Platinum Jubilee is expected to be a busy time for the NHS, but with a few simple steps people can plan ahead and avoid unnecessary trips to the local A&E departments as wait times will be long.

  • Check if you need to order/collect repeat prescriptions for any regular medications.
  • Stock up on self care essentials like painkillers, plasters. A well-stocked medicine cabinet can make a huge difference to your life if you or someone at home is feeling poorly or has suffered a minor injury.
  • Celebrate with care and if you need medical advice think NHS 111 online first nhs.uk. You will be waiting longer if you visit A&E so please consider the alternatives.
  • Check what local pharmacies are open 2 and 3 June. Click here to view opening times, or search for your nearest pharmacy using your postcode via this Google map. Please note that the pharmacies listed below should be open, as shown – and that their opening hours vary. The details are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.

Dr Huw Thomas, GP and Clinical Chair for NHS Frimley CCG, said: “The Platinum Jubilee weekend is going to be a great celebration.

“GP practices and some pharmacies will be closed on Thursday and Friday (2 and 3 June), so we are urging people who take regular medication to check they have enough to last. Forgetting to take medication can have serious health consequences for some patients.

“If you’re organising street parties or heading off to local celebrations across local parks and other attractions, be prepared for minor accidents.

NHS services like A&E will be very busy so help us help you to get seen quicker.

“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. You will be directed to the most appropriate health service in a timely and safe way. This may include a booked arrival time at the local Minor Injuries Unit in Bracknell or 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.”

Below is a list of healthcare services open over the long weekend. You will be waiting longer if you go to A&E, so please consider the alternatives:

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).

Pharmacy

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 on 2 and 3 June, or search for your nearest pharmacy using your postcode via this Google map.

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.

If you are worried about the mental health and wellbeing of a child or young person, the website provides information and support of local services available that can offer support.

https://frimley-healthiertogether.nhs.uk/

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.

Dental care

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
  • stroke
  • 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.

Visit the Frimley Health and Care website for details of local healthcare services.

Frimley Health and Care

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