|With the bank holiday just round the corner, a top south west London GP is raising awareness about the NHS services available over the long weekend.|
In the run-up to the three-day break, Dr Naz Jivani, Clinical Vice-Chair at South West London Clinical Commissioning Group, has given patients a reminder about the range of services for patients between 28-30 August.
People with urgent medical issues can call 111 at any time to speak to a fully trained advisor, who can discuss local NHS services, connect patients to a medical professional, arrange appointments and offer self-care advice as needed.
Alternatively, they can visit 111online, where they will be asked some questions about symptoms on the website while pharmacies can advise on issues such as colds, tummy troubles, sore eyes and ears, rashes.
People should only use Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) and the 999 ambulance service if the situation is life-threatening or critical, such as chest pain, blackouts, a serious injury, or if you think you’re having a stroke.
Dr Naz Jivani, Kingston GP and Clinical Vice-Chair at NHS South West London Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Please remember that if you need medical help, the NHS is here for you – and that includes on bank holiday weekends.
“There are a number of ways to get medical advice so please make sure you choose the right service for you and your family if needed.
“I would also encourage you to follow health advice to keep yourself and others safe from coronavirus.”
People can also visit urgent treatment centres, where injuries like broken bones, bites, minor burns or scalds, sprains, bruises and wound infections can be treated.
Opening hours at London’s pharmacies for the August bank holiday can be found here.
If you have a medical problem and you’re not sure what to do call NHS 111 or go online to https://111.nhs.uk/
If you or a member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for information and advice.
Covid-19 vaccinations will continue to take place over the bank holiday weekend. Bookings can be made on the National Booking Service, which is open to anyone aged 18 or over, and to people within three months of their 18th birthday. Alternatively, call freephone 119.
All the information about vaccination walk-in and pop-up vaccination sites in south west London can be found at www.swlondonccg.nhs.uk.
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