PEOPLE in Sussex are being urged to plan ahead as health services are impacted by Monday’s bank holiday.
Many NHS services, including GPs and pharmacies, will close or change their opening hours for the day of the Queen’s state funeral.
NHS Sussex has released a statement ahead of the occasion.
A spokeswoman said: “The NHS is here for you if you need us over the bank holidays.
“As final preparations are made for Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, people in Sussex are being reminded to plan ahead of their bank holiday Monday medication needs and to check NHS111 online first if medical advice is needed.
“Many family doctor’s surgeries, dentists or pharmacies will either close or change their opening hours on bank holiday Monday.
“Residents who need access to urgent services for conditions who cannot wait until normal services resume on September 20 can contact NHS 111 for advice or be referred to the most appropriate local service to become.
“Patients who have pre-booked appointments with their GP surgical team on Monday September 19 will be contacted directly by their practice to make alternative arrangements.
“Covid-19 vaccinations scheduled for Monday 19 September are likely to still be carried out, but check the website for your vaccination service or contact them for further advice.
“Health advice and information is available through the NHS app, the NHS website and your local GP’s website.
“You can also use the NHS website to find a pharmacy near you that is open over the bank holidays.
“People may also consider keeping a small supply of basic medicines at home in case they are needed for minor illnesses or injuries.
“These can include acetaminophen, patches, indigestion remedies and anti-diarrheal medications.
“Ask your local pharmacist for advice on which medicines to keep at home.
“If you need urgent medical attention and don’t know what to do, you can go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111 first.
“A&E and 999 remain there with life-threatening medical conditions.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/21486300.nhs-sussex-urges-people-plan-ahead-due-closures-queens-funeral/?ref=rss NHS Sussex urges people to plan ahead due to Queen’s funeral closure