How to get healthcare help in Sefton over the Easter holidays
Healthcare leaders are sharing advice for getting the help you need in Sefton over the Easter bank holiday weekend (15-18 April) should you become unwell.
People who need urgent NHS care, but it is not a 999 emergency, are advised to contact NHS 111 which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.
Dr Pete Chamberlain, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Although there are changes to some healthcare services over the bank holiday weekend, if you’re feeling unwell, there is plenty of help and advice available from NHS 111.”
“We would advise you to ‘think 111 first’ and contact the team either by visiting 111.nhs.uk online to answer some questions about your condition, or by calling 111 over the phone.”
Opening times for services such as pharmacies, walk in centres and GP practices may change over the bank holiday, so residents are advised to plan ahead to make sure they know where to go for help. Healthcare leaders are also urging residents to make sure they have enough supply of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early, and getting their medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials.
Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “If you do rely on medication for long term conditions, don’t leave it too late to order your repeat prescriptions before Good Friday. Pharmacies may change their opening hours over the bank holiday weekend so it’s best to be prepared.
“Pharmacists are also there for you for help with common ailments should you need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help you get the right medications for everyday illnesses.”
Easter bank holiday pharmacy opening times
A number of pharmacies are open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Residents are advised to check the opening times in the link below and to call their local pharmacy before travelling, just to make sure nothing has changed and that they are still open. Information will be added to the links as the opening times come into the CCGs.
You can view the pharmacy times here:
Anyone in Sefton can also refer to Sefton’s good health checklist, which can help you find the right health advice or treatment when you need it. You can find the good health checklist online at:
- NHS South Sefton CCG: southseftonccg.nhs.uk/good-health-checklist
- NHS Southport and Formby CCG: southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/good-health-checklist