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June Bank Holiday Posted on 24 May 2022

Patients seeking advice, or those who feel they need to see a health professional, are being asked to contact NHS 111, who will help direct them to the most appropriate service for help and treatment.
 
NHS 111 is staffed by a team of trained professionals and clinicians who provide instant over the phone triage, and can arrange a face-to-face appointment with an out-of-hours GP, or at a local hospital A&E department if needed. 
 
Patients are strongly urged not to turn up at their local hospital A&E department without an appointment, unless it really is a life-threatening emergency.
 
When patients contact NHS 111, the team will make sure they get the right care in the right place and are seen as quickly as possible. This is especially important during busy periods, such as bank holiday weekends, when the local hospital A&E department can become extremely busy.
 
Walking into the Emergency Department is not the quickest way to get help, unless a patient has a serious medical emergency.  Those with a pre-booked appointment from NHS 111 will be given priority, so this really is the quickest way for most patients to be seen and to make sure they are being seen in the right place.
 
Alternatively, the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust will see people who need urgent medical attention but it's not a life-threatening situation. The Centre is open daily from 9am until 9pm, including bank holidays, and is GP-led.  It has the benefit of being located alongside other hospital services, for example X-ray.  People may be referred to the service by NHS 111, or can also just turn up and walk in.  
 
People are also reminded that they can get advice and treatment for lots of minor illnesses and ailments by visiting a local pharmacy – without the need for an appointment.  Many local pharmacies are still open over the bank holiday weekend, but some will be closed, and others will be operating with different opening times to normal. 

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