Guide to local NHS services available over Easter Bank Holiday

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People living in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to use NHS services wisely and ensure they choose the right service for their illness or injury over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

There will be a wide range of local NHS services available during this time including:

Pharmacies

Pharmacies are open across the area during Easter; some are even open on Easter Sunday. Pharmacies can help with a range of things including aches, hangovers, colds, emergency contraception, and non-prescription medication. Opening times for local pharmacies can be found here.

Ask NHS app

You can also download the free Ask NHS app to:

  • find health services
  • book GP appointments
  • check your symptoms if you aren’t feeling well
  • get advice on what to do to help look after yourself

These services are available 24/7 from any location.

GPs

GP practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham will be open over the bank holiday weekend, opening times will vary and in some cases, you may be offered an appointment at another local GP practice if your own practice is closed. Please contact your practice for more details or look on its website.”

When your GP practice is closed you can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling NHS 111. The NHS 111 team will assess your condition over the phone and if they think you need to be seen by a health professional, they will refer you to the out-of-hours GP service.

NHS 111

Open 24/7; 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics and GPs.

They will ask questions to assess your symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct you to a local NHS service. If necessary they can also call an ambulance or direct you straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.

Dental emergency and out-of-hours care

If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary. You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.

Minor Illness and Injury Units

Minor Illness and Injury Units can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings. There are two walk-in centres in Sandwell and West Birmingham and they are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. You don’t need to make an appointment. These are located at:

  • Parsonage Street Walk in Centre, Parsonage Street , West Bromwich, B71 4DL
  • Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green , Birmingham, B18 7AL