Posted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 21/08/2014 14:38:27
Try not to put extra strain on medical services this bank holiday weekend.
The advice comes from GP Dr Mark Jones who chairs NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which plans and pays for the area’s health services.
He said: “Minor illnesses and injuries are common, and many don’t need the support of an NHS service. Problems such as a grazed knee, sore throat or mild sunburn can be better treated at home, with rest and drinking plenty of fluids.”
Canterbury and Coastal patients can use the free web app Health Help Now to check symptoms or to find out when and where local services are open. It can be downloaded to mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers from www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net.
Pharmacists are trained to provide a range of help with no appointment. Many are open late and on Sundays and some are open on bank holiday Monday (25 August).
Confidential emotional advice and guidance is available 24 hours a day every day from the Mental Health Matters helpline on 0800 107 0160 from landlines, and 03003 305486 from mobiles.
For emergency dental care, contact your own dentist first. At evenings, weekends and bank holidays you can call DentaLine on 01634 890300.
Patients needing regular medication should check they have enough to last over the bank holiday break. Many GP surgeries have links with pharmacies offering a repeat prescription service.
Dr Jones said: “It’s better for patients if they access the right NHS health service that can meet their needs. And it’s a good idea to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, containing paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, sun-cream, plasters, tweezers and a thermometer.”
If you need urgent medical help but it is not a life-threatening 999 emergency, call the free NHS 111 phone service.
Pharmacy opening times for 25 August
Asda Pharmacy, Sturry Road, Canterbury CT1 1DG, 01227 378890. Open 9.00am to 6pm.
Tesco Pharmacy, Millstrood Road, Whitstable, CT5 3EE. 01227 388347. Open 11am to 4pm.
Tesco Pharmacy, Crescent Road, Faversham, ME13, 7AS. 01795 458847. Open 11am to 4pm
Delmergate Pharmacy, 269 Reculver Road, Herne Bay, CT6 6SR. 01227 369481. Open 11am to 12.00 midday
Morrisons Pharmacy, Ten Perch Road, Canterbury, CT1 3TQ. 01227 766679. Open 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
Sainsbury's Pharmacy, Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, CT1 1BW. Open 8.00 am. to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm
Sainsbury's Pharmacy, Reeves Way, Whitstable, CT5 3QS. 01227 794545. Open 9am to 7pm
Eastry Pharmacy, The Cross, Eastry, Sandwich, Kent. CT13 0HG. Open 12 midday to 1pm.
Minor injuries units
Kent & Canterbury Hospital Minor Injuries Unit. 01227 766877, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3NG.
Open all hours.
Faversham Minor Injury Unit. 01795 562069 Faversham Cottage Hospital, Stone Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8PS
Open 8am to 8pm.
Whitstable Estuary View Minor Injury Unit. 01227 284300. Estuary View Medical Centre, Boorman Way near Thanet Way, Whitstable, Kent.
FOR SatNav USE CT5 3RL.
Open 8am to 8pm.