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Keep emergencies for emergency departments this August Bank Holiday

Local residents are being urged to choose the most appropriate NHS service to meet their needs over the forthcoming August Bank Holiday weekend.


The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is reminding people that the GP surgery or pharmacist can often be better placed to help than going to A&E.


The Trust also wants to ensure residents with repeat prescriptions have enough medication to last over the holiday period.


Dr Sarah Robertshaw, lead emergency medicine consultant at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Services can be stretched over the three day holiday period and it’s vital to plan ahead and know exactly where to get help if you need it.


“Lots of people take themselves to A&E, but quite often they find their GP surgery or pharmacist is better placed to help them.


“We want to ensure people keep the emergency departments for emergencies only.”


People should note the opening times of their nearest pharmacy and other local NHS services.


A local pharmacy can help with common conditions and minor injuries, such as aches and pains, colds and skin rashes.                                                     


Local walk-in centres can deal with minor injuries and illnesses including minor burns, sprains and insect or animal bites.


NHS 111 is for urgent (but not life-threatening) conditions and provides a fast and easy way to get round-the-clock help. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free – just dial 111.


A visit to A&E should only be made in critical or life threatening situations, such as severe, persistent chest pain, loss of consciousness or severe bleeding that can’t be stopped.


In the case of suspected heart attack or stroke call 999 immediately - every second counts in these circumstances.


Pharmacy opening times can be found as follows:


North Kirklees: http://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/news/choose-well-this-bank-holiday/

Wakefield: http://www.wakefieldccg.nhs.uk/news/august-bank-holiday-2014-pharmacy-opening-times/


Further information is available from www.nhsstaywell.org