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Staying well over the bank holiday

Staying well over the bank holiday
Dr Steven Cleasby, Chair of NHS Calderdale CCG

Most GP practices in Calderdale will close for the August Bank Holiday period from 6.30pm on Friday 24 August to 8.00am on Tuesday 28 August.

The NHS in Calderdale is asking people who may need access to medical services over the Bank Holiday weekend to consider carefully and choose the right care for their needs.

Most common ailments can be treated at home by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet which should include:

  • Pain relief, such as paracetamol and aspirin (aspirin should not be given to children under 16 or to people with asthma)
  • Paediatric paracetamol oral suspension or ibuprofen syrups for children
  • Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
  • Cold relief products
  • Re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting, to use if feeling dehydrated after a bout of sickness or diarrhoea
  • Indigestion remedy
  • Tweezers and sharp scissors to remove splinters and cut bandages
  • A thermometer to check for fever
  • A range of bandages, plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings for minor cuts, sprains and bruises

If you need information on how to treat minor illnesses or general health advice, talk to your local pharmacist. Pharmacists are trained in managing minor illnesses and can assess symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment.

A number of pharmacies are open in Calderdale over the bank holiday weekend, details of which can be found at https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/bankholiday/

If you need medical help but it’s not an emergency, please don’t wait at A&E. Call NHS 111, who will be able to assess the situation and direct you to the most suitable service, which could be an appointment with a local out-of-hours GP, if required.

Walk-in GP services are available every weekend, including bank holiday weekends, from 8:00am to 8.00pm in the following locations:

  • Park Community Practice – located in Horne Street Health Centre, Horne Street (off Pellon Lane), Halifax HX1 5UA.
  • Calder Community Practice – located on the second floor in the Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden OL14 5RN.

Please remember that people should only use A&E or dial 999 in critical or life-threatening situations, such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • Persistent, severe chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe burns or scalds

Patients registered with GP practices in Calderdale can now access evening and weekend appointments, seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, thanks to the Improved Access Service.

As part of the service, people registered with a GP Practice in Calderdale can access pre-bookable appointments from 6.30am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday, weekend appointments from 10:00am-2:00pm every Saturday and Sunday. Appointments are also available between 10:00am – 11.30am on Bank Holidays.

Patients should speak to their own practice to find out more and to book an Improved Access appointment.

Dr Steven Cleasby, Calderdale CCG’s Clinical Chair and GP at Spring Hall Group Practice said, “We are encouraging people to think about what their options other than going to A&E when their GP practice may be closed, such as walk-in centres or a pharmacist, and keep A&E for genuine emergencies such as major injuries like broken limbs, loss of consciousness and shortness of breath.

“If you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency then we would encourage people to call NHS 111 who can direct you to the best help. They can also help you if you are unsure if you do need to go to A&E.”

Find the location of your nearest GP, pharmacist or walk-in centre at www.nhs.uk

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