It’s the last Bank Holiday of the summer in a few days and it looks like we might be enjoying some warm and sunny weather.
Lots of people will be heading to our lovely resort or into the North East Lincolnshire countryside to soak up the summer and we all want you to enjoy the long weekend safely. Remember, covering up in the sun and wearing sun screen, drinking plenty of water and taking it a bit easier if it’s hot can all help you have a day out you will remember for the right reasons.
If things do not go to plan and you or a member of the family have a minor accident or becomes unwell, there’s plenty of support and advice to help you sort the problem out and hopefully feel well enough to enjoy the rest of the weekend – without spending a long time waiting to see someone in A&E.
Remember, emergency services are extremely busy saving lives and you should only ring 999 or attend A&E in a medical or mental health emergency. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk, or if you have been advised to attend A&E by NHS 111, a GP, or pharmacist.
If you need help urgently, visit 111.nhs.uk 24/7. You can also phone 111, but it is likely that your problem will be dealt with quicker online. All you need to do is answer questions about your symptoms and you will be directed to the right service for you. This may be self-care advice, information about where you can collect medicine, or you may be booked in for a face-to-face appointment with a healthcare professional.
Fortunately, most people do not need professional help and a lot of minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet or first aid kit. For immediate advice visit www.nhs.uk/conditions and search for your symptom or ailment.
You can also ask a pharmacist for clinical advice and over the counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses like sore throats, colds, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If your symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, the pharmacist will direct you to the help you need. Find out which local pharmacies are open on Bank Holiday Monday via this link August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Hours. Please check with the pharmacy before making a special journey.
Feeling well is not just about your physical health and holidays can be a difficult time for many people. If you are having difficulties with your mental health, please don’t struggle alone. There is support available in North East Lincolnshire. Phone 01472 256256 and select option 3. Alternatively, you can text ORANGE to 85258 for free and confidential support 24/7.
“Even with the best planning, things can take an unexpected turn and it’s important to know where to turn if you find yourself or a family member injured, feeling unwell or struggling with your mental health” explains Dr Ekta Elston, Clinical Lead, North East Lincolnshire Health and Care Partnership.
“Urgent health advice is available by visiting 111.nhs.uk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please help us to keep life saving emergency services available for those that need them.”