NHS teams in the region are urging the public to plan
ahead, stay safe and use health services wisely as they prepare for
a further two days of industrial action and the expected high
pressure on services for the August bank holiday
NHS leaders are extremely concerned that services will remain
very stretched over the August bank holiday weekend following the
two days of industrial action by NHS hospital consultants taking
place on the Thursday 24 and Friday 25 August, which will already
have a very heavy impact on services.
They are appealing to people across the north east and north
Cumbria to take extra care as they enjoy the summer bank
Dr Neil O'Brien, executive medical director for the North East
and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB), said: "Every bank
holiday is always a very busy time for the NHS, and teams will be
there to help those that urgently need treatment and care in life
threating situations. However, with high demand for services
following a period of significantly reduced staffing, we are
expecting services to be disrupted and patients can expect lengthy
"We ask again for everyone's support through this challenging
time and there are three key things that people can do:
1. Plan ahead - stock up your medicine
cabinet with essentials such as paracetamol, indigestion tablets,
plasters, and antiseptic cream, as well as making sure you have
enough repeat prescriptions to last over the holiday period.
2. If you do need medical care and it's
not life threatening, contact NHS 111 online or your nearest
pharmacy. You can check which pharmacies are open over the bank
holiday. Both services would refer you for further treatment should
you need it.
3. Enjoy the bank holiday safely - take
care when out gardening, tackling DIY or taking part in an outdoor
activity, and try and reduce your alcohol intake."
For local pharmacy services search Find
a pharmacy - NHS (www.nhs.uk) or for pharmacies open in the
North East and North Cumbria on the bank holiday please
Dr O'Brien added: "Local GP services, although generally closed
over the bank holiday, will be open as normal throughout the
industrial action period. People should seek medical attention from
their local surgery in the usual way."
"I'd also like to thank all health and care teams across
the region for their work over this busy time, as always your
dedication in helping those people who need help and support is
People with hospital appointments should attend unless they have
heard otherwise, although it may be necessary for some appointments
and treatments to be postponed as emergency care and
life-threatening cases are prioritised.
Public are reminded for everyday illnesses and injury to use the
on-line symptom checker available at
www.111.nhs.uk, which will re-direct to a health professional
if people need to be seen by someone. Also self-care advice is
available online from the NHS at
Parents, carers and young people can also use the
Healthier Together app or
website which provides NHS healthcare advice and top tips on a
range of child related illnesses along with information on local
Anyone needing urgent mental health support should seek it via
their local Crisis Team. People can put their postcode in
here to find their local Crisis line.
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