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With the August bank holiday fast approaching, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is reminding people to plan ahead and know where to go for appropriate medical advice and treatment over the bank holiday weekend.

There will be changes to opening times for local healthcare services over the bank holiday, including some closures on Monday 27 August. For protection against illness, local residents are advised to take practical steps which include checking local pharmacy opening hours, stocking up on over the counter remedies and picking up repeat prescriptions.

If you do fall ill over the bank holiday, your local pharmacy is the first place to go to for fast and convenient clinical advice and over the counter medicines to effectively and safely manage minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething and aches and pains - no appointment needed.  Pharmacists can also refer patients to further professional help where necessary.

The full list of HMR pharmacies that will be open on Monday 27 August can be viewed here. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling.

GP and nurse appointments are also available at the ‘extended hours hubs’ across the borough. Patients can book in advance by ringing the central booking service on 0161 763 8292.  For more information, click here.

NHS Choices is a dedicated website where you can find up-to-date and expert advice on a range of illnesses and complaints, as well as find your nearest NHS services, such as GPs, dentists and pharmacists. Visit NHS Choices at www.nhs.uk.

The NHS 111 service is available for people who urgently need medical help or advice, but don’t have a 999 emergency.

Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and HMR CCG Chair, said: “No one wants their bank holiday to be spoiled by ill health. Many minor ailments can be treated quickly and easily by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet. However, when medical care and advice is needed it’s important that people know where to go for help.

“By choosing the right service, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time - whilst keeping emergency health services available for emergencies and life threatening conditions.”

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