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Changes to health services over the bank holiday

Some health services in Gloucestershire may be closed or postponed for the Queen’s funeral.

A bank holiday has been declared on Monday, September 19 to allow people to pay their respects and mark the monarch’s 70 years of service.

A statement said: “The NHS in Gloucestershire joins the rest of the country in sending our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

It has warned some GP surgeries may be closed or open for reduced hours on Monday. However, patients should attend their appointment unless they are contacted about rebooking it.

Anyone requiring GP services urgently over the bank holiday should call 111.

The majority of the COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be closed on Monday. People whose appointments need to be rescheduled will receive a cancellation notification and be given the opportunity to rebook.

Many hospital services will continue and those with an appointment or operation booked should plan as if it is going ahead unless they are contacted directly. Those needing to reschedule their appointment should contact the number on the appointment letter as soon as possible.

The local NHS is also urging people to think ahead and make sure they have enough of any prescribed medication for the long weekend and that they take it with them if travelling. It has also recommended keeping medicines such as paracetamol on hand to treat everyday illnesses.

Community pharmacies can help with urgent prescription and advice if you have a long-term health condition and are starting to feel unwell. People are advised to take action early and find further advice at: www.nhs.uk/staywell

The NHS has urged people to think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not a life-threatening emergency.

Here’s what to do if you are ill or injured and are not sure where to seek help:

-If you think you may need A&E or to get the right care 24/7, click 111.nhs.uk or call

111 to be connected to local NHS services including the Out of Hours GP service, community pharmacy, Community Minor Injury and Illness Units or A&E where appropriate.

-The ASAP website www.asapglos.nhs.uk provides step by step advice on a wide

range of health conditions and the right services to meet your needs. You can also

download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from your App store.

-Community pharmacies are a great first port of call for minor ailments and they can

advise on whether another NHS service is needed. Search ‘find a pharmacy NHS’ to

find one open near you.

-Some patients requiring urgent GP surgery services may also be able to access a slot

at the GP-led Gloucester Health Access Centre at Quayside House, Gloucester, which

is open every day between 8am and 8pm. Call 01452 336 290 for an

appointment.

-Community Hospital Minor Injury and Illness Units can treat a variety of injuries and

illnesses for adults and children. Most of them are open until 8pm every evening.

Check locations and opening hours on www.asapglos.nhs.uk and the ASAP Glos NHS App. You may be seen more quickly if you book an appointment by calling 0300 421 7777 (local call rate) or through 111.

-Only dial 999 or attend the A&E Departments at Gloucester or Cheltenham for serious injuries or in life-threatening situations such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke.

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