24th May 2011
With another bank holiday approaching NHS Sheffield is once again encouraging patients to think about their repeat prescriptions now, and highlighting where to go and what to do if you get sick over the bank holiday weekend - Monday 30th May.
Most GP practices in Sheffield will be open normal practice hours this week but will be closed on Monday 30th May for Spring Bank Holiday.
To speak to a doctor when your practice is closed you should call the regular number and you’ll be connected to the ‘out-of hours’ service, which offers over the phone advice, or if appropriate urgent appointments or home visits.
Dr Jeremy Wight, Director of Public Health at NHS Sheffield said “Last month had a number of bank holidays and we are now approaching another!
“We ask people to take a note of the opening hours of your GP practice but don’t forget that if you ring when they are closed you’ll still be able to get hold of medical help.
“Also keep details of NHS Direct - 0845 46 47 - to hand, or alternatively visit your local pharmacist, who is qualified to offer expert advice on treating everyday ailments.
“There are also NHS Walk-in facilities that provide a drop-in service with no appointment necessary, open every day of the year, including the bank holidays. The Walk-in Centre for illnesses is on Broad Lane (open 8am to 10pm), and the Minor Injuries Unit (open 8am to 8pm) is at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.”
Many pharmacies in Sheffield remain open over the bank holiday, and we have the full list of these on the NHS Sheffield website: http://www.sheffield.nhs.uk/services/bankholidays.php