primary care bank holiday

August Bank Holiday: Use Our Services Wisely

With the August bank holiday upon us next weekend (27th-29th August), we want to ask all our patients to use our services wisely and remember to order any repeat prescriptions in advance.

Your local GP surgery and pharmacy will be closing at some point over the bank holiday weekend, meaning it will be much harder to get hold of any medication you require if you run out.

The bank holiday weekends are always amongst our busiest times for all our primary care services, which include:

Primary Care Centres
Urgent Care Centres
Walk-in Centres
Emergency Eye Treatment, and
Emergency Dental Treatment

However, a large part of why we are so busy is because many people forget to order their repeat prescriptions in advance. This results in a sudden influx of people trying to get their medication from a reduced number of services, which means longer waiting times and increased hassle for you, your friends and your family.

Don’t let your health needs hinder your bank holiday – order your repeat prescriptions now.

You can also help yourself and other family members by making sure you first aid kit is fully equipped and your medicine cabinet is fully stocked. Learning how to effectively self-care and being prepared for any incidents or accidents, means you are more likely to be able to deal with minor ailments yourself, saving you and your family a trip to the doctor.

We do know however, that accidents happen and you can’t plan for everything. If you do find you’ve run out of medication, here’s a helpful article on what to do.

Finally, we would ask that this Bank Holiday weekend you choose which service you need wisely and use us well in order to keep wait times down and help ensure everybody gets the right treatment they need from the right service. If you are at all unsure, we would ask that you spend 5 -10 minutes reading through the articles on our blog, which explain and detail what each service is for and when they should be used. We also have important articles on when to call an ambulance and when to use A&E that we would encourage everyone to read.

If you have any questions about our primary care services in the lead up to the bank holiday weekend, please get in touch via our social media channels. You can tweet us, or send us a message on our Facebook page.

We hope you all have a safe and healthy August bank holiday weekend!