While we continue to work in different ways to support the NHS response to coronavirus, there are a number of healthcare services here to support you. It’s important that you know where to turn when you or someone you care for needs during the upcoming bank holidays.
As demand for NHS services increases, particularly when services are under considerable pressure, it is important that you are seen and supported by the appropriate service for your health concern.
Be prepared: Order and collect repeat prescriptions
Ordering and collecting any repeat prescriptions early ahead of the Christmas and New Year weekends and bank holidays when some GP practices and pharmacies will be closed.
Details of local pharmacies that will be open during the bank holiday can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/pharmacy-opening-hours/
Here is what’s open over the festive break
Worried about the health and wellbeing of a child
Unsure if you should stay at home with a sick child or need to see someone?
Visit the NHS Frimley Healthier Together website. Designed by local experts the website provides support to parents and carers to help them manage a range of common childhood illnesses.
Mental health support
We understand it is a difficult time for many. If you are feeling worried about your mental health there are number of services available, visit Mental Wellbeing | Frimley Health and Care.
If you are in a mental health crisis, you call 111 or text Shout to 85258. Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.
Pharmacists can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If symptoms suggest it’s more serious, they will ensure you get the help you need.
Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.
For convenient support close to your home – think pharmacy.
Think NHS 111
If you need urgent medical help, think 111 first. NHS 111 is available on the phone and online 24/7 at https://111.nhs.uk/ and can direct you to the right service at the right time
The Minor Injuries service at the Bracknell Healthspace, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 9RT, can help with a range of minor injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.
Open every day from 8am to 8pm including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, Bank Holiday Monday and New Year’s Day. X-ray services are available 6 days a week (Sunday to Friday’s, not available on Saturday’s).
If you think you need urgent dental treatment, call your regular dentist. If you cannot contact reach your dentist or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre.
Emergency Department or calling 999
Only for very serious or life threatening situations. This includes:
- loss of consciousness
- a sudden confused state
- fits that are not stopping
- chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
- severe burns or scalds
- major trauma such as a road traffic collision
- feelings of self-harm or suicide
Less severe injuries can be treated at the minor injuries service at Bracknell Healthspace, London Road, Bracknell, RG12 9RT. If you’re unsure remember to think NHS 111.