Jubilee holiday health advice

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WITH a long Jubilee weekend ahead High Peak residents are being reminded to make sure they are prepared for their health needs before getting immersed in the celebrations.

GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed for four days from Saturday so people are being advised to use the new 111 hotline as well as making sure they’ve ordered their prescriptions in time.

Experienced advisers and nurses from the 111 health line, which was launched in the High Peak earlier this year, will be on hand throughout the bank holiday to help any patients needing medical advice when it’s less urgent than 999.

Each member of staff on the 111 line has been specially trained to direct patients to the local services that can help them best, whether that’s an out-of-hours doctor, a walk-in centre, community nurse or emergency dentist.

Pauline Hand, head of operations for Derbyshire Health United, who manage the day-to-day running of the service on behalf of NHS Derbyshore County and North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The Diamond Jubilee celebrations form a very special occasion in this year’s calendar, and we want to make sure people enjoy themselves as much as possible by getting the medical care they need.

“So if you do have a medical query over the Jubilee bank holiday and it’s less urgent than 999, 111 is the number to call.”

The Minor Injuries Unit at Buxton Hospital will be open throughout the bank holiday from 8am to 10pm every day and the North High Peak Urgent Care Centre at New Mills Health Centre is open from 9am to 10pm on bank holidays.