Doncaster docs urge people to keep safe over bank holiday

026Doctors in Doncaster are asking people in the borough not to waste their long-weekend in GP surgeries and A&E by keeping safe throughout the holiday period (Monday 4 May).

Dr Nick Tupper, Chair of NHS Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We want everyone to enjoy their extended break and it would be a shame to spend a portion of it in a waiting room.”

“A trip to your doctors or a hospital can be avoided by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet, ordering repeat prescriptions ahead of time, and also by using simple common sense and not putting yourself in a risky situation.”

GP surgeries and many pharmacies will close over the bank holiday, although their will be out-of-hour services, and Doncaster residents are being asked to utilise alternative health facilities should they need them.

Those who take regular medication are reminded to plan ahead and order or collect prescriptions early. Most of the borough’s pharmacies will be closed on the bank holiday, but those few open will be able to provide advice on minor illnesses on the occasion you can’t see your GP.

Although general practices will be shut, the Flying Scotsman, 8am until 8pm, centre in the town centre will remain open, with attendance available on an appointment basis. Alternatively, if you need health advice you can ring NHS 111.

Residents should be sure to only dial 999 and attend A&E in the case of serious or life-threatening injury. This includes drug overdose, severe blood loss, swallowing something harmful, suspected broken bones, deep wounds, severe breathing difficulty or chest pain, and loss of consciousness.

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