As May Bank holiday means more people will be out and about enjoying the extra free time in the garden, park or beach, health officials are reminding people to stay safe and make sure they use the correct medical services if they need them.
Bank holidays are notoriously busy for health services as GP practices are closed for the day and people aren’t sure where to turn to if they need advice. However, there are a number of options available and people are being urged to use the most appropriate service and not automatically go to A&E.
You should call 999 or go to A&E if it is a serious or life-threatening emergency. If you’re not sure you can call NHS 111 and they will be able to advise you where to go.
For less serious injuries or health concerns, you can visit the Walk-in Centre on Whitegate Drive in Blackpool or the Same Day Health Centre on Dock Street in Fleetwood which are both open as normal throughout the bank holiday.
Pharmacies are an excellent place to seek medical advice for minor ailments. Pharmacists are trained professionals with a wealth of knowledge on how to treat all sorts of conditions. Though some may be closed over the bank holiday below is a list of those that are open.
To view opening times during the bank holiday, click here