Health professionals are reminding people across Bradford district and Craven where they can get health advice over the bank holiday weekend.
Health and care services are #StillHereToHelp over the bank holiday. Many pharmacies will be open on Friday 8 May, as well as over the bank holiday weekend.
Pharmacies will be open for a few hours on Friday 8 May as well as being open for their usual weekend hours over the bank holiday weekend.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and they can help with minor health concerns such as headaches, hay fever and sickness. As qualified healthcare professionals, they can give you clinical advice, suggest which medicines would be best to help, as well as let you know where you can go if you do need to see a different health professional such as a GP.
You do not need an appointment to get advice from a pharmacy and people can still ask for advice during the coronavirus pandemic. Opening times and contact information for all pharmacies can be found on the NHS service finder: www.nhs.uk/service-search
People should stay at home and not to go to a pharmacy, or any other health care setting, if they have symptoms of coronavirus. Symptoms include a high temperature and/or a new continuous cough. You are also asked to protect yourself and others and stay at home if you live with someone who has symptoms, or you have been identified by the NHS as being at very high risk from coronavirus.
Dr James Thomas, GP and clinical chair, NHS Bradford District and Craven clinical commissioning group (CCG) said: “Services in Bradford district and Craven are very much still here to help. That includes pharmacies, which are a great first port of call for advice on common minor illnesses, such as hay fever, headaches and small strains and sprains. You don’t need to book an appointment.
“Pharmacies are providing a lifeline for patients and the public, working around the clock to ensure access to vital medicines is maintained. Please remember to follow social distancing advice and stay two metres away from other people, when you go to your local pharmacy.
“If you need more urgent health advice, other services are still here for you, including GP practices, which will also be open on the 8 May bank holiday.”
- Pharmacy opening times for the early May bank holiday, Friday 8 May 2020, can be found at: https://bit.ly/pharmaciesbankholiday
- If you need urgent medical help and are unsure what to do, use NHS 111 online: www.111.nhs.uk – if you do not have access to the internet, you can call 111 free of charge from a landline or mobile. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for advice.
- General health advice can be found on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk