Accessing health services over the Easter bank holiday

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Council are working closely with GPs, health partners and pharmacies to support local residents with access to healthcare services over the Easter bank holiday.

Local residents are reminded not to visit GP practices, pharmacies and the hospital if they are showing symptoms of COVID-19 – a dry, persistent cough, fever or shortness of breath.

Patients can check their GP practice website for details about accessing online consultation which would enable them to complete and submit a form online which practices use to triage.

Pharmacies in Tameside and Glossop will also be open over the extended bank holiday weekend on Friday 10 April and Monday 13 April 2020 from 2pm to 5pm.  Easter Saturday is a normal working day.

NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Co-Chairs, Drs Asad Ali and Ashwin Ramachandra, said:

Our primary care services are working hard to ensure that they continue to be available, providing care and medication to those in need. We would ask that you please support the health and well-being of health care staff and reduce the spread of the virus by not attending your surgery, pharmacy or hospital if you have symptoms.

“Patients with a pre-booked GP appointment will receive a telephone triage prior to attending the practice and all new appointment requests will be booked as a telephone triage in the first instance.

“We would ask that residents please only order medicines and purchase products as normal as there is no need to stockpile.  This will ensure that everyone can access the essential supplies they need.

“Anyone feeling unwell and self-isolating should ask friends, relatives or neighbours to collect medicines in the first instance to reduce the demand and pressure on the pharmacy delivery services. For those who are self-isolating, and are struggling to access medication with no support available, please call our helpline on 0161 342 8355.

“Finally, please follow all government announcements on self-isolation and social distancing: stay at home; only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work; stay two metres (6ft) away from other people; wash your hands as soon as you get home and protect yourselves and others.”

For a list of other available health care services including emergency support and accessing NHS 111 visit: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/coronavirusaccessingprimarycare

 

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