Health advice for the August Bank Holiday

Residents in Surrey are reminded about the range of local health services available over the upcoming August bank holiday.

Pharmacies and medicines 

People who live with a long-term health condition such as asthma, diabetes, lung and heart disease are being asked to make sure they have sufficient medication for the long weekend and if not, to get their repeat prescriptions before the Bank Holiday. 

For help and advice with a minor ailment over the bank holiday, visit the local pharmacy - many will be open for longer over the weekend. Click here for details. Pharmacists are healthcare experts who can give qualified clinical advice. If symptoms suggest it’s more serious they will ensure patients get the help they need. Click here for a full list of pharmacies and opening hours in your local area.

 

Extra GP appointments

It is now easier for people – especially those who work full-time - to make an appointment with a GP, thanks to a new national ‘extended access’ initiative, which has seen local GP practices make available hundreds of extra appointments every week. 

As well as being able to visit their own practice, patients can also book into evening and weekend consultations at ‘hub’ clinics run by the local GP federation - made up of local GP practices.

If an appointment is offered at one of these hub locations, with the patient’s consent, GPs will be able to access complete medical records allowing them to see all the information they need to provide the best possible care, at a time that’s most convenient for the patient.

Book into this service by contacting your GP practice in the usual way or dial 111. 

 

Enjoy the late Summer break with this checklist

  • Stock up your medicine cabinet, so that you have self-help medicines such as a first aid kit, paracetamol and a thermometer.
  • If you have a regular prescription, make sure you have enough to last you until your GP practice opens again.
  • If you need help when your GP practice is closed, and it's not a 999 emergency, you can call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk. This free service is available 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.
  • If your condition is serious or a life threatening emergency, always dial 999 immediately or go to your nearest A&E department.
  • Visit the NHS Choices website or NHS 111 for further information.