NHS in Leeds says plan ahead to stay well for the bank holidays

With the May day bank holiday fast approaching, the NHS in Leeds is encouraging people to plan ahead to stay well.

Anyone who takes regular medication and needs a repeat prescription should order it in advance to make sure they have enough medication to last over the bank holiday.

If you become unwell, your local community pharmacist can offer advice on common ailments such as aches and pains, coughs, colds, skin rashes and uncomplicated cystitis. You can also contact NHS 111 for advice.

Although most practices will be closed, appointments with GPs and other healthcare staff are still available throughout the bank holiday weekend for those who need them. Appointments must be pre-booked – by calling your own GP practice or by ringing NHS 111. The appointment may not be at your usual GP practice but at a nearby surgery referred to as an extended access hub. Initial consultations may be by telephone but face to face appointments are available for those who need them. The healthcare professional looking after you will have access to your medical records.

To find GP and pharmacy opening times over the bank holidays, please visit https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/bank-holiday/

Anyone with an urgent health issue should contact NHS 111 online or by phone to speak to a fully trained adviser. For life-threatening emergencies, please call 999.

When to call 999

If you have any of the following life-threatening emergencies, call 999:

  • Choking
  • Chest pain
  • Blackout
  • Severe bleeding
  • A serious injury
  • If you think you’re having a stroke.

Symptoms of a stroke

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST – you must call 999 if you have the following:

  • Face – face is drooping/fallen on one side, unable to smile, or the mouth or eye have dropped
  • Arms – unable to raise both arms and keep them there
  • Speech – speech is slurred or garbled
  • Time – dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.


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