Don’t spend your bank holiday in A&E - that’s the advice from GPs, who are inviting patients to ensure they use the medical service that can help them best over the bank holiday weekend.
By making sure they have the basics in stock, patients can do a lot to help themselves.
And by using the right service, such as NHS Direct, out of hours GPs, and minor injuries units, they can keep A&E free for those who really need it.
Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, which covers Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Faversham, Sandwich, Ash and surrounding areas, said: “I would remind patients to check they have over-the-counter basics like paracetamol, antiseptic cream and practical things like plasters and a thermometer.
“If we have a sunny weekend, it is good advice for people stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day, remember to drink plenty of water, and use sun cream
“It is particularly important for older people and young children to avoid sunburn and dehydration.”
The local minor injury units (see details below) are open all day to treat the following non-life threatening injuries:
Sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and scalds, minor head injuries, insect and animal bites, minor eye injuries and injuries to the back, shoulder and chest.
They also treat minor illnesses such as ear, nose and throat infections.
Dr Jones added: “A&E is for serious or life-threatening accidents or illnesses. Please keep it free for those who really need the specialist treatment it provides.”
• DentaLine – for dental emergencies that cannot wait until your dentist reopens. 01634 890 300. Open evenings and weekends.
• Out-of-hours GP - for urgent help when your GP surgery is closed, phone your GP surgery and listen to the answerphone message
• Mental Health Matters – for confidential, emotional support 24/7, phone 0800 107 0160
Minor injuries units are nurse-led services and no appointment is necessary. They are at:
Estuary View, Whitstable, CT5 3SE
Telephone: 01227 284309
8am-8pm, seven days a week
Faversham Cottage Hospital (No x-ray)
Bank Street, Faversham, ME13 8PR
Tel: 01795 562069
8am to 8pm, seven days a week
Emergency Care Centre
Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Thelbert Road, Canterbury
Tel: 01227 766877
Open 24 hours
Pharmacists are also trained to provide a range of support and advice, with no appointment needed. Details of pharmacies open on Monday are below:
Boots, 12 Gravel Walk, Whitefriars Shopping Centre, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TF. Tel: 01227 470944. Monday, 9am-6pm
Boots, Unit 2, Ten Perch Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3TQ. Tel: 01227 781369. Tel: 10am-6pm
Morrisons Pharmacy, Ten Perch Road, Wincheap, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3TQ. Tel: 01227 766679. Monday, 9am-1pm, 2-6pm.
Sainsbury Pharmacy, Kingsmead Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1BW. Tel: 01227 463808. Monday, 9am-6pm
Tesco Stores Ltd, Crescent Road, Faversham, ME13 7AS. Tel: 01795 567547. Monday, 11am-4pm
Delmergate Ltd, 269 Reculver Road, Beltinge & Reculver, Herne Bay, CT6 6SR. Tel: 01227 369481. Monday, 10am-noon.
Whitstable and Tankerton
Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, Reeves Way, Chestfield, Whitstable, CT5 3QS (01227 794545. Monday, 9am-7pm,