Stay well this bank holiday and choose the right service

The May bank holidays are fast approaching. Whilst some health and care services will be open as normal, some will be closed. But don’t despair, you can still access a range of health and care services.

We are focusing information on and around four key areas:

  • Ensuring people have enough medication to last them over the Bank Holiday period, reducing the need to ask for an emergency repeat prescription;
  • Providing information in an easy to understand format so people know what services are available for their health and care needs
  • Promoting the ‘Doncaster Choose Well App’, enabling smart phone users to access the appropriate and nearest services to their home address and
  • Publishing a full list of all pharmacies that will be open over the bank holiday period in the Doncaster area.

Dr David Crichton, GP and Chair of Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group said: “It is really important to help people to use the right service for their health and care needs. Over bank holiday periods, A&E departments and hospitals can get very busy, with some people attending as they don’t know where else to go when usual services are closed.

“Visiting your pharmacist, calling 111 or the same day health service can make all the difference in making sure that hospitals can treat those with more serious conditions or injuries.”

During bank holiday periods we see an increase in the number of people requesting regular repeat medication urgently because they have run out. If you do take regular prescribed medication, it is important to ensure you have enough to cover you for the extended period when your GP Practice may be closed.

In the event that you do run out of prescribed medication, please contact your local pharmacist or NHS 111 who can assist you with an emergency supply.

Nick Hunter, Professional Secretary, Doncaster Local Pharmaceutical Committee said: “I am pleased to see a focus on the importance of making sure that people have enough medication during the bank holiday period”.

“Even if you don’t take regular prescribed medication from your GP, it is best to be prepared with essential medicines and supplies in case you get ill. Useful items can include ibuprofen, paracetamol, plasters, thermometer and antiseptic creams”.

Dr Nick Mallaband, Emergency Care Group Director and Consultant at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “With only a few days left until the bank holiday, we understand that many will be making plans and arrangements for the extended weekend. We’re asking local people to make their health part of these preparations – collecting their prescription medicines as needed, as well as understanding what services are available should they, or a family member, become ill or injured.

“Please remember to only use the Emergency Department when it’s just that – an emergency. However, if you do feel ill during the bank holiday, you can still seek advice by calling NHS 111, booking an appointment at the Doncaster Same Day Health Centre and if it’s really urgent, calling 999.”

For more information about NHS services available over the bank holiday, view dedicated web pages and get involved in the conversations on twitter, using the hashtag #Choosewelldon or like us on facebook @nhsdoncasterccg.