PATIENTS have been reminded they can call their usual surgery number if they need a GP urgently when their surgery is closed over the Spring Bank Holiday and they will then be directed to the out-of-hours service.
NHS advisers in Derbyshire also recommend patients needing a repeat prescription or medicine call into their local surgery or pharmacy in good time.
The call, which is being issued by NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County comes as local surgeries and the majority of pharmacies confirm they will be shutting on the bank holiday on Monday, May 30.
Laura Smith, urgent care manager at NHS Derbyshire County, said: “It’s really important that patients use the right NHS services over the coming Spring Bank Holiday period and that they order their repeat prescriptions well in advance as many practices require at least 48 hours notice to process a request.
“Although other emergency NHS services will be operating over the Bank Holiday weekend, it’s so much easier to pick up your medication now rather than be caught out later when your local surgery or pharmacy is shut.
“Anyone needing to see a doctor out of hours should call their surgery as usual and they will be redirected to an out-of-hours GP.”
NHS advisers suggest patients take a practical, organised approach to medication. Top tips include keeping sufficient medication at home and an easily-accessible list of regular medication in a safe place, so that if an urgent problem does arise all-important information is at hand.
NHS services providing urgent care services in Derbyshire over the Spring Day Bank Holiday are: Derby Walk-in Centre, The Osmaston Road Walk-in Centre is open seven days a week between 8am to 7.30pm. The centre provides experience nurse assessments, healthcare advice, information and treatment for people with minor injuries and ailments. Tel: 01332 224700.
Derby Open Access Centre, based at Lister House, 207 St Thomas Road, offers walk-in appointments for all NHS Derby City and NHS Derbyshire County patients and bookable GP appointments for Derby City residents, from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Tel: 01332 275610.
Ilkeston Walk-in Centre is open from 8am to 8pm every day over the Easter period and offers GP services without an appointment. Tel: 0115 951 2496.
For minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises, minor burns, scalds and minor head injuries people can go to Buxton Hospital, open 8am to 10pm every day, Ilkeston Hospital, open 24 hours a day, Ripley Community Hospital, open 8am to 9pm or the Whitworth Hospital, which is open 24 hours a day.