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Where to access healthcare this May Bank Holiday weekend

If you fall ill this May Bank Holiday weekend make sure you access the right healthcare service in Herefordshire.

Many pharmacies will remain open over the bank holiday including Asda, Boots the Chemist, Sainsbury’s, main Tesco stores, and Morrison’s pharmacy.

The Walk-In centre on Belmont Road, in Hereford, is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and no appointment is needed.

Extended hours GP services are available operating from the following hubs.  To book an appointment call 0800 121 7221 or call NHS 111.

  • Wargrave House Surgery in Hereford, open 6pm to 8pm weekdays, and 8am to 8pm on weekends and bank holidays.
  • The Marches and Pendeen Surgery, located in Leominster and Ross on Wye, open 10am to 2pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Minor injury units are open at Ledbury Community Health and Care Centre, 24-hours-a-day, and Kington Health and Social Care Centre, from 8am to 8pm.

Dr Dominic Horne, Clinical Vice Chair at NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “There are many healthcare options available in the county if you fall ill or injure yourself and it’s not serious, including pharmacists who are highly trained health professionals, who can offer expert advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

“Remember to order any medication you need in plenty of time from your GP, so that you have a good supply during the bank holiday. Stocking up on first aid items and over-the-counter medicine from a pharmacy is always a good precaution, particularly given the risk of sunburn and hay fever at this time of year.

“If you are unsure which service you need or require non-emergency medical guidance, call NHS 111, 24 hours a day, for free advice”.

Jon Barnes, chief operating officer at Wye Valley NHS Trust, added: “The emergency department is for people with serious life threatening conditions or illnesses, such as suspected heart attacks, unconsciousness, deep wounds such as stab wounds, or severe breathing difficulties.

“We have to prioritise seeing and treating patients based on their clinical need. You will be seen more quickly with a minor injury or illness using alternative NHS services this weekend”.

To find out more about the services available, including pharmacies, visit www.nhs.uk (search via services near you) and for local pharmacy opening times on Monday May 30 see below.

Herefordshire pharmacies’ opening times on Monday 30 May 2016:

  • Asda Pharmacy, Belmont Road, Hereford - 8am to 8pm
  • Sainsburys Pharmacy, Barton Yard, Hereford - 9am to 5pm
  • Tesco Pharmacy, 1 Fryzer Court, Bewell Street, Hereford – 11am to 4pm
  • Tesco Pharmacy, Abbotts Mead Road, Belmont, Hereford – 11am to 4pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Station Approach, Commercial Road, Hereford – 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Boots the Chemist, 12/13 High Street, Hereford - 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Boots the Chemist, 9 High Street, Ledbury - 10am to 4pm
  • Boots the Chemist, 18 Corn Square, Leominster – 10am to 3pm
  • Boots the Chemist, 5 Market Place, Ross-on-Wye – 10am to 4pm

ENDS

Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 3,000 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk

 

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