As the city prepares for a busy Bank Holiday weekend of events, the NHS is urging people to think carefully about which health service to use if they become unwell.
Local residents and visitors are being advised to visit a local NHS Walk-in Centre for health advice and treatment over the bank holiday weekend, or to call NHS 111.
Dr Fiona Lemmens GP, Vice Chair and Clinical Lead for Urgent & Emergency Care at NHS Liverpool CCG said:
“During bank holidays NHS services are often busier than at other times, with many people feeling unsure where to get health advice and treatment when their usual GP surgery is closed.
“It’s also a time when we see more visitors from outside of Liverpool, who might not be familiar with our NHS services.
“If you need to see a health professional, but it’s not a life-threatening emergency which requires a 999 call or an urgent trip to A&E, we are encouraging people to use local NHS Walk-in Centres which are open from 8am – 8pm every day, including on bank holidays.
“You can also call NHS 111 at any time for immediate health advice, access to local GPs out of hours, or for assistance if you aren’t sure where to go.”
NHS Walk-in Centres provide treatment and advice for a wide range of injuries and illnesses such as stomach upsets and vomiting, infections, rashes, cuts, bumps and falls, minor sprains or burns, coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms. They can also provide emergency contraception.
This includes the City Centre NHS Walk-in Centre which is conveniently located right in the heart of the city centre, on David Lewis Street, just behind Hanover Street, for anyone who urgently needs treatment or advice whilst attending an event in the city centre.
In addition, a number of local pharmacies will also be open and can offer health advice on a wide range of minor ailments or illnesses and recommend the best medicines for treating various symptoms or conditions yourself at home.
Dr Lemmens adds, “No one wants to be ill during the Bank Holiday weekend, but by being prepared by making sure you know where to go for care should you or a loved one need it, you will be able to get treatment quickly and get back to enjoying your time off.”