As Spring Bank Holiday approaches (Monday 25th May), local health bosses in Sandwell and West Birmingham are reminding residents to get medical help if they need it – the NHS is here for you.
There are many ways in which the NHS can be accessed over the weekend. GP practices will be offering a limited number of urgent appointments on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – please check your practice website for more information. If you are unable to access an appointment, you can use the following services should you need help:
- Contact NHS 111 online or via phone
- Contact/visit your local community pharmacy – most will be open but please check opening times for your local pharmacy here https://sandwellandwestbhamccg.nhs.uk/news-a-events/2616-pharmacy-hours-over-the-bank-holiday-weekend as they may vary.
- The Summerfield Urgent Care Centre (Summerfield Primary Care Centre, 1st Floor, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 7AL) will also be open
- If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.
Dr Ian Sykes, local GP and clinical chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you need medical help this Spring Bank Holiday, remember that the NHS is available 24 hours a day, either online or by phone. It’s vital that people do not put off contacting the NHS should they have serious conditions or health concerns.
“By contacting NHS 111, you will be assessed and then advised what to do, such as being directed to a local service that can provide further help in relation to your needs.”
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms who needs medical advice, should use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online, 111.nhs.uk/COVID-19. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature
- a new continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Dr Sykes added: “NHS staff across Sandwell and West Birmingham are working hard to care for patients during the coronavirus outbreak – this will not stop during the bank holiday weekend. It’s important people know this and that they understand that the NHS is still here for them. People should still seek medical help if they need it.”
“We would like to thank everyone who is following the social distancing guidance, which is still in place. By staying alert and keeping two metres apart, we are all helping to protects others, support the NHS and saves lives.”
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