Patients are being urged to get organised ahead of the summer bank holiday, be aware of service availability and request repeat prescriptions in advance.
GP and pharmacy services will be limited on bank holiday Monday 27th August 2018. The GP extended working hours project allows for additional GP appointments to be made into the weekday evenings until 8pm, and on weekends and bank holidays from 8am until 6pm. Patients are advised of the available appointments by contacting their own surgery, these appointments are available at three locations and may not be with your usual doctor.
Pharmacists will be open as normal on the weekend prior to the bank holiday and certain pharmacies will be open on the Monday. Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns. As well as helping with common illnesses – like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains – and provide advice on over-the-counter medicines to treat minor illnesses at home.
Most local pharmacies have consultation rooms for private conversations. Your pharmacist can also talk to you confidentially without anything being noted in your medical records, which some people may prefer. Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling as opening hours may vary on the Bank Holiday. For further information on opening times please see the information below.
Pharmacy Monday 27th August 2018 opening times
0161 351 2511 9am – 6pm
Riverside Retail Park
0161 723 2201 9am – 6pm
0161 447 8218 9am – 6pm
Woodfields Retail Park
0161 7642854 11am – 5pm
185 Rochdale Road
0161 761 1011 5pm – 10pm
Tesco In-Store Pharmacy
Bury New Road
0161 602 8928 10am – 4pm
Tesco In-Store Pharmacy
0161 602 8910 9am – 6pm
Dr. Jeff Schryer, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Whilst self care is generally the best option for minor ailments, it is important that local people know where to go or who to contact if they are unwell, so that they can receive the best possible treatment in the quickest time for their condition.”
Where to go for the right medical care:
NHS Choices website (http://www.nhs.uk/) for advice on less urgent health needs.
NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency – available 24/7.
GP practices will be closed on 27th August (summer bank holiday). Patients can ask their GP surgery about appointments in the evening, weekends and bank holidays. These are available from 6.30pm – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 6pm at weekends and bank holidays at ‘three hub’ practices across the borough.
Pharmacists for those generally feeling unwell. Pharmacists are experts in medicines, and use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge, to advise you on minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.
Bury walk-in centre (First floor Moorgate Primary Care Centre, 22 Derby Way, Bury, BL9 0NJ) is open from 7am to 3pm (*) seven days week (* the last check in is at 2.30pm to allow staff to effectively and appropriately assess people).
Prestwich walk-in centre (Fairfax Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1BT) is open from 12pm to 8pm (*) seven days a week. (* last check in is 30 minutes prior to closing to allow staff to effectively and appropriately assess people).
Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.