Home Health Plan for the Bank Holiday
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Plan for the Bank Holiday

by Laura Johnston

The NHS is urging residents to plan ahead of the next May bank holiday, on Monday 27 May, by taking some simple measures:

  • Check your medicines supply if you take any regular medication for a long-term condition, and order any repeat prescriptions at least seven working days before the bank holiday
  • Support the safe and timely discharge of loved ones who are ready to leave hospital, which in turn will allow someone else who needs to be admitted to get the care they need more quickly
  • Knowing where to go for help if you or a loved one suddenly becomes unwell over the bank holiday weekend, when your GP practice is closed – make NHS 111 your first point of call for advice.

If you need to see a health professional for advice or treatment for any minor health concerns, you can also use an NHS walk-in centre or urgent treatment centre, or drop into a local pharmacy. But do remember to check their bank holiday opening hours. You can search for your nearest pharmacy and opening times at: www.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy

Parents and carers are also reminded that if a child is unwell, you can visit Alder Hey’s online symptom checker for advice on how to treat your child at home, and when to seek further medical help. Go to: www.alderhey.nhs.uk/conditions/symptoms-checker

More information about options for urgent care is available at: www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care-services