Fylde coast residents are being urged to use local services appropriately as the NHS appeals for people to consider the options available to them this bank holiday.

Everyone will be hoping for good weather this week as the bank holiday has people reaching for the decorating tools or heading for days outs. Whatever you get up to this bank holiday though health officials are reminding people to stay safe and make sure to use the correct medical services if needed.

Bank holidays are notoriously busy for health services as GP practices are closed for the day and people aren’t sure where to turn to if they need advice. However there are a number of options available and people are being urged to use the most appropriate service and not automatically go to A&E.

Speaking on behalf of NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups, Dr John Calvert, a Blackpool GP and clinical advisor at NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We expect the accident and emergency department to be busy this weekend as it normally is during bank holidays.

“Staff in the department will always prioritise the serious and life-threatening emergencies so those with only minor injuries could face a very long wait. Many people could be better off visiting a pharmacist or looking after themselves at home so we would ask everyone to help ease the pressure by using the most appropriate service.”

You should call 999 or go to A&E if it is a serious or life threatening emergency. If you’re not sure you can call NHS 111 and they will be able to advise you where to go.

For less serious injuries or health concerns you can visit the Walk-in Centre on Whitegate Drive in Blackpool or the Same Day Health Centre on Dock Street in Fleetwood which will both be open from 8am to 8pm.

Pharmacies are an excellent place to seek medical advice for minor ailments. Pharmacists are trained professionals with a wealth of knowledge on how to treat all sorts of conditions. Though some may be closed over the bank holiday below is a list of those that are open.

Fylde and Wyre
Asda Pharmacy, Dock Street, Fleetwood, FY7 6NU 01253 879410 9am to 6pm
Boots, 64-66 Clifton Street, Lytham St Annes, FY8 5EW 01253 736194 10am to 4pm
Boots, 39 Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, FY5 1BS 01253 853168 10am to 4pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, St Andrews Road North, St Annes, FY8 2JE 01253 713741 9am to 7pm

 

Blackpool
Boots, 28-38 Bank Hey Street, FY1 1DD 01253 622276 10am to 5pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, 110 Talbot Road, FY1 1LR 01253 627932 11am to 4pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsburys, Red Bank Road, FY2 9HY 01253 351667 9am to 7pm
Tesco Pharmacy, Tesco Extra, Clifton Road, FY4 4UJ 01253 843847 9am to 6pm
Morrisons Pharmacy, Squires Gate Lane, FY4 2AY 01253 343377 10am to 4pm
Whitegate Pharmacy, Whitegate Health Centre, Whitegate Drive, FY3 9ES 01253 807808 8am to 9pm

It is also worth checking your general medicine cabinet prior to the bank holiday to make sure it is well stocked with essentials such as paracetamol, cough and cold remedies, antihistamines and plasters and bandages. These can all be bought cheaply from supermarkets or pharmacies and your local pharmacist can also provide free, confidential, expert advice and treatment for a variety of common complaints.