NHS chiefs in Northamptonshire are urging patients to think which service is right for them if they need medical help over the weekend.
Dr Judith Dawson, urgent care leader at NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group, said: ‘No one likes to have their time wasted especially when they could be enjoying the bank holiday weekend, however many people choose to spend part of it in A&E when they don’t need to.
“Remember there are many alternative NHS services available if you are unwell or injured, including your local pharmacy, NHS 111 [replacing NHS Direct] and walk-in centres.”
You can call NHS 111 if you have a non life-threatening emergency and are not sure where to go, or you can visit the Northampton Minor Emergencies unit (at Northampton General, next to A&E) for symptoms including suspected breaks, rashes, infections or cuts and for the assessment of conditions which you think cannot wait for a GP appointment. The GP Out of Hours Service can be contacted over the bank holiday weekend on 111.
Some pharmacies will be open as well; in Daventry on Bank Holiday Monday the pharamcy at the New Street Tesco will be open from 11am to 4pm. Alternatively Boots and Sainsbury’s at Sixfields in Northampton will be open from 10am to 4pm, and 9am to 7pm.