NHS urging people to plan well for the bank holiday weekend

In the run-up to the August bank holiday weekend (25-27 August 2018) the local NHS is asking everyone to plan ahead to ensure they have all medications they need to stay healthy until normal opening hours resume Tuesday 28 August.

NHS East Surrey CCG Lead Primary Care Pharmacist, Monika Cunjamalay, says; “It is important you make sure you order any prescriptions in good time to allow you to pick up your medication before the weekend, as GP practices and many pharmacies will close over bank holiday. We see many patients who have not ordered their medication sufficiently far in advance, and have then not left enough time to collect it before pharmacy closes for the holiday period”.

If you need help over the bank holiday when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit nhs.uk/Service-Search/Pharmacy/LocationSearch/10 to locate your next nearest pharmacy and ring ahead to check holiday opening hours.

Choose wisely when it’s not an emergency

Across the UK, up to 40% of A&E attendances could be better dealt with elsewhere. As we approach the long weekend, choosing wisely when it’s not an emergency not only helps hospitals under pressure to give prompt attention to those most in need, it means you will face shorter waits and get seen quicker, closer to home and in turn HelpMyNHS by you and your loved ones getting the right care, at the right time, in the right place; visit www.eastsurreyhelpmy.nhs.uk to find out more.

The MIU at Caterham Dean Community Hospital is available for all adults aged 18 and over and is open 8am- 8pm (last appointment is 7.30pm) to treat most injuries or illnesses that are not life threatening, including sunburn, cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, broken bones (fractures), bites and stings, infected wounds, eye problems, such as infections or scratches both adults and children. Patients can walk in to the MIU– no referral or appointment is necessary.

You are also able to access the improved access GP hubs which will be open 10am-1.45pm on bank holiday Monday at both Caterham Dene Community Hospital and The Hawthorns Surgery in Redhill.

Dr Elango Vijaykumar, local GP and Clinical Chair of NHS East Surrey CCG, said: “It is important people of East Surrey remember the importance of Caterham Dean MIU, this should save you a potentially long wait at A&E, especially over the bank holiday weekend, and allow staff there to concentrate on people with serious, life-threatening conditions in A&E. Make sure you get the right care, at the right time and in the right place this August."