If you are taken ill out of hours, such as over a bank holiday weekend, there are several options for care.
In the first instance call NHS 111.
111 is available 24 hours a day / seven days a week. When you call, a fully trained adviser can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or a GP, and can now arrange a face-to-face appointment if appropriate.
This face-to-face appointment might be with the out-of-hours’ service, which runs from 6.30pm to 8.00am on weekdays and all day at weekends and bank holidays.
NHS 111 might also be able to offer you a face-to-face General Practice appointment in the evening, at the weekend and over Bank Holiday Monday itself.
This appointment could be with a GP, a nurse, or other appropriate healthcare professional, depending on your need. These appointments are part of Improving Access to General Practice Services (IAGPS) programme.
Many walk-in centres will be open as normal across the long weekend. It is worth calling and checking the opening times before you head there.
Urgent Treatment Centres and Minor Injuries Units are for urgent care if you can’t wait for a GP appointment, since they offer a walk-in service.
They can help with illnesses including ear/nose/throat symptoms, minor cuts and bruises, sprains and strains, abdominal pain, insect and animal bites, rashes and urinary tract infections.
You can see a map of where your nearest MIU or UTC is or visit www.nhs.uk.
All Dorset residents are advised to remember to make sure your repeat prescriptions will cover you for the August Bank Holiday period. If you need to visit a pharmacy over the bank holiday, you can see a map of pharmacies open in across Dorset and get directions.
Alternatively, use the NHS Choices Find a Pharmacy service.
GP surgeries are not open over the weekend or on Bank Holiday Monday; some operate an extended hours service in the evening before and after the weekend break, but hours vary from practice to practice. This can be checked on the practice’s website.
To find out where your nearest practice is visit www.nhs.uk.
If you have or someone you are with has a medical emergency, either dial 999 or make your way to your nearest Emergency Department. They are open 24/7.