City Healthcare Hubs and GP practices open over Easter weekend
23rd March 2016 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in Emergency care
PLEASE NOTE: This article was published in 2017. The process for booking appointments at the healthcare hubs has now changed. Please visit www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/healthcare-hubs for up to date information.
The City healthcare hubs and a small selection of GP practices in Leicester City will be open to offer medical advice over the Easter weekend.
Patients that are registered with any Leicester City GP practice can use any of the four hubs between 6:30pm and 10:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am to 10:00pm this bank holiday.
They can get an appointment with a GP or an advanced nurse practitioner by calling 0116 366 0560 or NHS 111, or they can just walk in to any of four hubs. It is the same number to call for all four hubs.
The healthcare hubs are located in four areas of the city:
|Willows Medical Centre||184 Coleman Road, Leicester, LE5 4LJ.|
|Westcotes Medical Practice||Westcotes Health Centre, Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0LP.|
|Brandon Street Surgery||Belgrave Health Centre, 52 Brandon Street, Leicester, LE4 6AW.|
|Saffron Surgery||612 Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE2 6TD.|
Four GP practices in Leicester City will also remain open including the 8-8 SSAFA Walk in Centre..
|FRIDAY 25 MARCH||SATURDAY 26 MARCH||MONDAY 28 MARCH|
|Dr Arolker & Partners, Manor Medical Centre, 577 Melton Road, Leicester LE4 8EA (NOT Parker Dr)||
8am – 1pm
|Dr Roy, Fosse Family Practice||Closed||Open
9am – 12 noon
|The Practice – Beaumont Leys||Closed||Open
8am – 10am
|SSAFA Care Health Centre, Merlyn Vaz, 1 Spinney Hill Road (also open on Sunday 27 March 8am – 8pm)||Open 8am – 8pm||Open 8am – 8pm||Open 8am – 8pm|
GPs from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group are urging people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to get prepared for the Easter bank holiday and also make sure they have sufficient stock of any prescription medicine they might need.
As the majority of GP surgeries will not be open from Good Friday (25 March) to bank holiday Monday (28 March), it is important that those who make use of repeat prescriptions check now to ensure that their supply will last until at least Tuesday 29 March.
Dr Tony Bentley GP and Clinical Lead for Leicester City CCG, said: “It is important that people check all their medications to make sure that they have a reasonable supply which will last over the bank holiday period. It is likely that Tuesday 29 March will be a busy day for GP surgeries following the holiday break, so I urge everyone to make sure that they have enough medication to last them until towards the end of the week.”
It is also recommended that people keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet so they can deal with any minor injuries and illnesses that occur in the holiday period, or to visit their local pharmacist for advice about the right treatment.
Dr Bentley continued: “Encouraging self-care is extremely important, as it allows people to take control of their own health and wellbeing. This includes taking responsibility for their medications, as well as treating their own minor illnesses using over the counter medicines when appropriate. I urge people to stay away from A&E, unless it really is a life-threatening accident or emergency. By choosing self-care or using one of the other services available, people will be able to get the right treatment at the right time and allow medical staff in A&E to concentrate on treating patients who are seriously ill or injured.”
Out of hours services will be available for those with an urgent need to see their GP as well as urgent care centres, which can treat minor burns, cuts and wounds, infections and rashes, as well as stomach ache, vomiting and diarrhoea, and health advice is also available by calling NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day.
Notes for editors:
Clinical commissioning groups are groups of GP practices which are responsible for commissioning most hospital and community health services for people living in their areas. Under the Health and Social Care Act, every GP practice is a member of a CCG. CCGs are responsible collectively annually for approximately £60-£65 billion of the NHS budget.
Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group became a statutory body in April 2013. Leicester City CCG represents 62 GP practices and serves a patient population of 380,000 patients.
Leicester City CCG is part of the Better Care Together programme.
Better Care Together is a five year partnership programme to transform health and social care in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).
It brings together NHS, local authority and patient voice partners from across LLR to ensure that services change to meet the needs of local people. We want a local health and social care system that supports people through every stage of life, which
- Supports children and parents for the very best start in life
- Helps people stay well in mind and body throughout their life
- Knows your history and can plan your health needs
- Cares for the most vulnerable and frail
- Has services available when it matters and especially in a crisis
- Helps support patients and their loved ones when life comes to an end
- Provides faster access, shorter waits and more services out of hospital.