With the August Bank Holiday just around the corner, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group is urging the people of Rochdale to think about their healthcare, 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 some local healthcare services over the bank holiday, including closures on Monday 28th August.
The full list of HMR pharmacies that will be open on the August bank holiday can be viewed here. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling.
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.
Local GP appointments are also available at four ‘extended hours hubs’ across the borough over the bank holiday weekend. Patients can book in advance by contacting their own GP surgery or by ringing the central booking service on 0161 763 8292. For more information, click here.
The NHS 111 service is also available for people who urgently need medical help or advice.
Dr Chris Duffy, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group Chair and local GP said: “As you plan ahead for the long weekend, falling ill is not on the agenda but unfortunately it does happen.
“It is important for people across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale to know where they should go to get the right treatment if they are unwell and be aware there are a number of options available.
“Many minor conditions can be easily treated if you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Pharmacists can give expert medical advice on everyday ailments including sunburn, minor cuts and bruises and indigestion. If you do need to see a GP or nurse, our extended hours hubs offer appointments over the bank holiday weekend.
“The NHS 111 service for non-emergencies is available 24/7 and is fast, easy and free. Call 111 and you will be asked a series of questions to assess your symptoms and directed to the best medical care for you.
“It’s also worth reminding people to take care of any repeat prescriptions and check when local pharmacies are open.”