As the Spring Bank Holiday approaches (Monday 25th May), health bosses in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are advising residents to get medical help if required – and that the NHS is still there for those who need it.
There are many ways in which the NHS can be accessed over the weekend. GP practices will be closed but you can use the following services should you need help:
- Contact NHS 111 online or via phone
- Contact/visit your local community pharmacy – You can view the local pharmacy opening times using this link. You can also check opening times on your local pharmacy website.
- Loughborough, Oadby or Merlyn Vaz Urgent Care Centres – Loughborough is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Oadby and Merlyn Vaz will be open from 08:00 to 20:00 on Monday 25th May
It is preferable to access these services by calling 111, where you will be triaged and booked an appointment, where necessary
A Walk in service is still available at these sites, but ALL patients will then receive a triage before entering the building.
- If you have an urgent mental health need call the Central Access Point (CAP) on 0116 295 3060, 24 hours a day. The service will arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service.
- If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.
Andy Williams, Chief Executive of the NHS clinical commissioning groups in Leicester said: “If you need medical help this Spring Bank Holiday, remember that the NHS is available 24 hours a day, either online or by phone. It’s vital that people do not put off contacting the NHS should they have serious conditions or health concerns over the long weekend. By contacting NHS 111, you will be assessed and then advised what to do, such as being directed to a local service that can provide further help in relation to your needs.”
Anyone with coronavirus symptoms who needs medical advice, should use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online, 111.nhs.uk/COVID-19. The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss of taste/smell. It is important not to go to any health services in person unless an appointment has been made in advance.
Andy Williams added: “NHS staff across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are working hard to care for patients during the coronavirus outbreak – this will not stop during the bank holiday weekend. It’s important people know this and that they understand that the NHS is still here for them. People should still seek medical help if they need it.”
“We would like to thank everyone who is following the social distancing guidance, which is still in place. By staying alert and keeping two metres apart we are all helping to protects others, support the NHS and saves lives.”
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