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NHS Help for you this August bank holiday

27th August 2020 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

This August bank holiday (Monday 31st August), the NHS in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is advising local people that services are open for anyone that needs medical assistance.

There are many ways in which the NHS can be accessed over the weekend. GP practices will be closed but the following services are available:

  • Contact NHS 111 online or by phone
  • Local community pharmacies – You can view opening times here or check on your local pharmacy website.
  • Loughborough, Oadby or Merlyn Vaz Urgent Care Centres – Loughborough is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Oadby and Merlyn Vaz will be open from 08:00 to 20:00 on Monday 31st August. It is preferable to access these services by calling 111, where you will be assessed and an appointment will be made for you, where necessary. You can still visit urgent care centres in person, but ALL patients will be assessed before being allowed to enter the building.
  • If you have an urgent mental health need, call the Central Access Point (CAP) on 0116 295 3060, 24 hours a day. The service will arrange for you to speak to someone who can assess your needs and provide advice or refer you directly to an appropriate service.
  • If it is a serious life-threatening emergency, call 999.

Andy Williams, Chief Executive of the NHS clinical commissioning groups in Leicester said: “If you need medical help or have any health concerns over the bank holiday, please do not be put off from seeking help. Please understand that the NHS is still here for you, and you should still seek medical help if you need it.

“However, if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, please do not go to any health services in person, unless an appointment has been made in advance. Contact the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online, 111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for advice and to arrange to be tested. The main symptoms of coronavirus are: a high temperature, a new continuous cough and a loss of taste/smell.”

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