Wakefield GPs, pharmacies and emergency dental care still 'here to help' this bank holiday

Patients in Wakefield will get support when they need it on the upcoming May bank holiday with a number of services still here to help.

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 11:32 am
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 11:34 am

GP surgeries will be on hand to respond to urgent needs and will be staffing phone lines between 8am and 4pm.

You will get through to a member of the clinical team who will be able to offer an appropriate assessment and advice.

Outside these hours, the GP Care Wakefield service will be operating between 4pm and 10pm.

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Dentists, pharmacies and GPs are all on hand to help anyone in need this bank holiday.

Just ring your usual practice number and you will be redirected to a trained clinician who can assess your issue and arrange a telephone consultation or appointment locally, if needed.

Many community pharmacies will be open for a minimum of three hours and some will be open for longer. Please check the NHS website or your pharmacy’s own website for details.

Alongside this, the King Street Walk In Centre in Wakefield will be open between 10am and 10pm and the Pontefract Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) will be open 24 hours.

It isn’t appropriate to attend any of these settings if you think you may have coronavirus symptoms, you should stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if you feel you need support.

If you have a life threatening illness or injury then you should call 999 or go to an A&E department.

NHS Wakefield CCG Clinical Chair, Dr Adam Sheppard, said: “There is a lot of work happening to make sure patients in Wakefield get the support they need on the early May bank holiday.

“Please remember that you should always contact your surgery by telephone in the first instance and you should only attend in person if you are advised to do so.

“This is because practices are working a little differently now due to coronavirus; please be assured though that your surgery is still here to help and if you have a health concern, you should ring them. Please don’t leave it to chance.”

As well as health services, dental services are also changing because of coronavirus and all non-urgent activity has been suspended.

If you do have an urgent dental problem, ring your practice in normal hours or NHS 111 outside normal hours and they will be able to advise you and refer you to an Urgent Dental Care (UDC) treatment hub for face-to-face treatment if needed.

Please do not attend an A&E department with a dental problem.