Are you prepared for the Bank Holiday weekend?

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During the Bank Holiday weekend many healthcare services in our area will be closed for three days. This means that if you take regular medication then you need to make sure that you have enough supplies to last you over the Bank Holiday, so you don’t run out.

It may be best to stock up on everything that you may need over the Bank Holiday weekend, from paracetamol to indigestion remedies as well as making sure you have picked up any repeat prescriptions from your pharmacy.

So where should you go to get help when your GP practice is closed?

Pharmacists

Common health problems such as diarrhoea, runny noses and headaches can often be solved with a visit to your local pharmacy. From coughs and colds to sprains and stomach upsets pharmacists are qualified to provide expert advice and medicines without an appointment. Did you know 98% of the population lives within a 20 minute walk of a Pharmacy?

NHS 111

If you have an illness that is important, but not an emergency you can call NHS 111 for free. It’s staffed by a team of fully trained call advisers supported by nurses, paramedics and doctors. They can assess your needs and guide you to locally available services.

Walk in Centres

In South Tees, we have two Walk in Centres – Resolution Health Centre, based in North Ormesby Health Village and Eston Grange. They’re both open 7 days a week, from 8am-8pm.

Minor Injuries Unit, Redcar Primary Care Hospital

If you have a minor accident or injury and are “walking injured” – then the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Redcar Primary Care Hospital will be the place to go. The MIU is open 24/7.

James Cook Accident and Emergency (A&E)

Accident and Emergency is for serious or life threatening problems ONLY. In an emergency, you should dial 999.