Pressure is building on Kettering General Hospital and Northampton General Hospital in the run-up to the August Bank Holiday and local people are being urged not to use A&E departments unless it is an absolute emergency
People who require health services over the bank holiday weekend have a number of options including:
· NHS 111 service – If you need medical help fast, but your condition is not life threatening, call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the freephone number is staffed by trained advisors and experienced clinicians who can assess you, offer advice and direct you to the right place to get the medical care you need as quickly as possible.
· Corby Urgent Care Centre – For a minor injury or illness that needs urgent attention, this service is an alternative to attending A&E. The centre is located at the Willowbrook Health Complex, Cottingham Road, Corby, and is open 8am to 8pm every day of the year. It has free car parking and appointments are not necessary. The centre has a range of diagnostic facilities including an x-ray department.
· Pharmacy – Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy and you can speak to them without having to make an appointment. Your pharmacist can offer advice on how to look after yourself at home with rest and over-the-counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies open in Northamptonshire over the weekend including bank holiday Monday. A full list is available on the Nene Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website: http://www.neneccg.nhs.uk/pharmacies/
· Self-care – A well-stocked medical cabinet can help you deal with minor accidents and injuries at home.
· Repeat Prescriptions – Don’t forget to order repeat prescriptions needed in time for the bank holiday.