Residents in Tameside and Glossop are being advised about how and where to access expert medical treatment over the bank holiday weekend.
The second bank holiday of the month is upon us, with next Monday (May 25) a bank holiday.
Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group say getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for a minor health concern.
People can speak to a pharmacist in confidence, in a private area, about the most personal symptoms, and should telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling - as opening times may vary over the bank holiday.
Prior to the bank holiday weekend, anyone who has a condition that their pharmacist cannot treat is advised to contact their GP by phone in the first instance, or visit their website for details about online consultation, if available.
During the bank holiday weekend, if a health condition cannot be treated by a pharmacist, residents are advised to call NHS 111 or go online www.111.nhs.uk who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Alternatively, anyone unable to get an appointment and needing to see someone urgently can visit the Urgent Treatment Centre (including walk-in access) and primary care access service at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust (Tameside Hospital site). The centre is open 9am to 9pm every day of the year.
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Co-Chairs, Drs Asad Ali and Ashwin Ramachandra, said: "Anyone feeling unwell and self-isolating should ask friends, relatives or neighbours to collect medicines in the first instance to reduce the demand and pressure on the pharmacy delivery services.
"For those who are self-isolating, and are struggling to access medication with no support available, please call our helpline on 0161 342 8355.
"Finally, please follow all government announcements on self-isolation and social distancing: stay at home; only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work; stay two metres (6ft) away from other people; wash your hands as soon as you get home and protect yourselves and others."
Residents are reminded not to visit their GP practice, pharmacy or hospital if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19, which are:
- A high temperature – feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- A new, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual);
- Anosmia - the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.
For a full list of pharmacy opening times and other available health care services including emergency support, visit https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/accessingcare or follow @TGCCG and @TamesideCouncil on Facebook or Twitter.