As the bank holiday weekend fast approaches, being poorly or having an accident is probably the last thing on your mind, but unfortunately it does happen so it is best to make sure you know where to go for medical treatment and advice appropriate to your symptoms.
There will be changes to opening times for some local healthcare services over the bank holiday, including closures on Monday 29th August. For protection against illness, people are asked to stock up on vital medicines and also check their local pharmacies ‘opening times’.
Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and HMR CCG Chair said “If your GP Practice is closed, there are many ways you can receive treatment, depending on your symptoms, such as self-care and expert opinions from pharmacies, online and telephone advice, and access to GP appointments 7 days a week.”
Pharmacists are qualified experts in the use of medicines, and can give advice on a range of common symptoms, medicines, healthy living and self-care. Pharmacists may be able to help people with skin conditions, coughs, colds, minor cuts and bruises and much more.
Some local GP appointments will be available at four ‘extended hubs’ across the borough over the bank holiday weekend and patients can book by contacting the Central Booking Service on 0161 763 8292. More information is also available by visiting this link: www.gpcareservices.co.uk/thereforyou
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, pharmacists and walk-in centres. Visit NHS Choices at .
Call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast, free medical advice when it's not an emergency.
Minor eye conditions service
Opticians offering this service will be operating varying opening times over the bank holiday period. Please visit www.hmrmecs.co.uk for full details.
Walk-in services can offer assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries which are not serious enough to require a visit to A&E. No appointment needed.
- Middleton Health Centre, Middleton Shopping Centre, M24 4EL (0161 655 7434): Open 8am-8pm Monday - Friday and 8am-6pm Saturdays and Sundays, 8am – 6pm May Bank Holiday.
- Bury Urgent Treatment Centre, if you need treating today, this service is open every day from 8am until 10pm (Doctors are on site until 8pm), no appointment needed. The service is ideal when you are suffering from an ailment, illness or injury that needs assessing quickly, but isn’t serious enough to require a visit to A&E. First floor Moorgate Primary Care Centre, 22 Derby Way, Bury, BL9 0NJ.
- Oldham NHS Walk-in Centre, Integrated Care Centre, New Radcliffe Street, OL1 1NL: Open 8am-8pm, seven days a week