Wed. Nov 25th, 2020

Isle of Wight Observer News

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Plan for your health over Bank Holiday

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As we approach the August bank holiday Islanders are being reminded to ensure they order repeat prescriptions in good time.
Monday August 31 is a bank holiday and the local NHS is also reminding you that they’ll still be there to help you with any physical or mental health needs.
Dr Michele Legg, GP (pictured), said: “While we are all working differently to support the NHS respond to coronavirus, there is support available for the August bank holiday.
“We want to remind people to order any repeat medicines they need to cover them over the bank holiday weekend and the period straight afterwards.
“GP services are still here for you, we are just doing things a little differently in order to protect both our patients and staff from coronavirus. Please call your practice or visit the website to order your repeat prescriptions.
“If appropriate patients can directly contact their pharmacist for their prescriptions. If you find yourself in need of medical treatment or advice, pharmacies do much more than simply issue repeat prescriptions. It is a great first option for quick, helpful advice. Your
pharmacist can recommend over-the-counter treatments or direct you to a more suitable clinical professional if necessary.”

Two pharmacies are open on Bank Holiday Monday, both in Ryde.  Tesco Extra’s in store pharmacy will be open from 9am to 6pm and Boots the Chemist on the High Street will be open from 10am to 4pm.

Over 18s can call the Safe Haven on 01983 520168 or email safehaven@twosaints.org.uk from 10am-10pm on weekends and bank holidays for mental health support. There’s also a 24/7 mental health crisis number – 01983 522214.

Anyone of any age can visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111 for help including for mental health support 24/7.

The Urgent Treatment Centre, in St Mary’s Hospital will also be open, call NHS 111 to make an appointment before visiting.