Easter health services – choose well over the holiday weekend

Easter health services – choose well over the holiday weekend

There are several local health services available over the long Easter bank holiday weekend. Please choose well.

Emergency Departments and 999 are for life threatening emergencies. If you come to an emergency department (A&E) for other conditions you may face a very long wait as priority is given to patients with the most urgent clinical need.

NHS 111: if you need clinical advice but are not in a life-threatening emergency contact NHS 111 online 111.nhs.uk or call free. Fully trained advisers are available 24 hours a day, every day. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms and provide healthcare advice or direct you to the right local service, or call an ambulance if necessary.

For more information go to the NHS 111 (oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk) page.

Pharmacies provide:

  • advice about minor illnesses and conditions
  • advice on how to manage your medicines.

To view Oxfordshire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday weekend go to Pharmacy (oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk)

Minor Injuries Unit/First Aid Unit: If you need prompt advice or treatment for minor injuries, a Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) or First Aid Unit (FAU) could help you. You can get treatment at an MIU for deep cuts, eye injuries, broken bones, severe sprains, minor head injuries, minor burns or scalds, minor sports injuries.

  • Oxfordshire MIUs are located at Abingdon Community Hospital, Townlands Memorial Hospital in Henley and Witney Community Hospital (for more information on opening hours and locations see here)
  • An FAU is located at Bicester Community Hospital (the FAU has no X-ray service) – for more details and opening hours see here)

Self care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries. A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.

For information to help you self-care, including healthy lifestyle information, a health A-Z of conditions and treatments, or to find your nearest pharmacy for over the counter medicines, visit www.nhs.uk

GP practices are closed over the Easter bank holiday but NHS 111 can put you in touch with a doctor or other health professional if you need one.

Published: 13 April 2022