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Help is available if you need medical assistance this May Bank Holiday

GPs are urging local people to seek assistance if they have any health concerns this May Bank Holiday.

Surgeries and pharmacies will be open on Friday, 8 May but opening times will vary so residents are advised to check individual practice and pharmacy websites and social media pages for specific arrangements.

Chair of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Dr Anoop Dhesi is urging people not to hesitate to seek help if they have any health concerns.

Dr Dhesi said: “If you have any health concerns, please don’t put them off and risk your condition getting worse. If you need medical assistance please get in touch with your GP surgery or local pharmacy in the first instance. “Our GP practices have been working hard to ensure that patients receive the care they need while keeping them and others safe. This might mean patients receive an online or video consultation or are seen at a neighbouring surgery. Please be assured we are doing our very best so that you can access the help you need safely.”

Patients who would like advice from their GP practice or an appointment are asked to enquire online or telephone. Do not attend your GP practice without checking. You may be asked to attend a different GP practice than usual if you need a face-to-face appointment.
If it is urgent but not an emergency, you can call NHS 111 or access NHS 111 online. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the freephone number is manned by trained advisors who can offer advice or arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse if appropriate.

The NHS Walk-In Centre at Rouen House on Rouen Road, Norwich, is open between 7am and 9pm every day. The nurse-led centre can help with a range of minor illness and injuries, including minor cuts and wounds, strains and sprains, skin complaints etc. You will be triaged at the front door and signposted elsewhere or treated accordingly.

The Minor Injuries Unit based at Mill Road in Cromer is also open seven days a week, from 8am to 7.45pm. Patients can receive treatment for minor injuries such as minor wounds, burns or simple fractures. The unit is able to advise over the phone if your injury is suitable for the MIU, please call 01603 646230.

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