Local GP and pharmacies across Coventry and Warwickshire will be open this coming bank holiday, Friday 8 May 2020, to provide residents with health services, should they need it.
GP Practices will be open, but all patients must first call their surgery to discuss their needs. Patients will then be offered a telephone or video consultation initially, or a face to face appointment only if absolutely necessary, and they may be asked to go to a GP practice that is not their own. Patients should not go to their practices unless asked to do so by a GP.
To further support residents, all local pharmacies will be open between 2pm – 5pm. Some pharmacies will be open for longer so please check your local pharmacy opening hours here.
Dr David Spraggett, Chair at NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Our front doors may be closed, but the NHS is open and here for you if you need it. GP practices and pharmacies will be open on the bank holiday if you need us, but please call us first, do not just turn up. We will be able to give you help and advice over the phone, if we need to see you in person we will ask you to come in.”
If you have a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, stroke symptoms, large blood loss or you have breathing difficulties contact 999 immediately.
Dr Imogen Staveley, GP Chair at NHS Warwickshire North CCG, said “This bank holiday weekend please continue to follow the governments guidance and follow the latest advice on social distancing and staying home. But if you have a health concern, the NHS, as always, will be able to treat you.
“We have done a huge amount of work in recent weeks to make sure that patients who do not have COVID-19 can still safely access essential services.”
Patients with COVID-19 symptoms should remain at home. Do NOT visit your GP, pharmacy or local hospital. Visit NHS 111 online as the first port of call or call NHS 111 if you do not have access to the internet.
NHS 111 can help provide advice on any health symptoms you have, not just for coronavirus symptoms. Visit https://111.nhs.uk/ or call 111 for trusted and expert advice.
Dr Sarah Raistrick, Chair at NHS Coventry and Rugby CCG, said: “Remember to look after your mental health and wellbeing, especially during this time. Maintaining relationships with friends and family is important via telephone, video calls or social media instead of meeting in person. Looking out for older people, lonely or vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours is also important. For further mental health support visit the Every Mind Matters website, contact your local mental health support organisations or contact your GP.”
For local GP opening hours visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp or contact your GP practice. For the local pharmacy opening hours this bank holiday and to find the nearest pharmacy to you visit https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy/.
For the latest government guidance visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ or https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you require any mental health support, contact the following organisations for support. If you believe you are in crisis, call 999.