Know where to go to find the right healthcare this Easter

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is advising people to be prepared so they know where to go for healthcare advice and treatment over the Easter bank holiday; helping them to access the right service at the right time according to their needs.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chair of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said,
“Easter is a great time to get out and about with friends and family, particularly if the weather is good, and no-one wants illness or injury to affect their plans. We’re encouraging people to be well-prepared ahead of the bank holiday and know where to go to access the right healthcare that you might need. To help with this Wiltshire CCG has an easy to use ‘Around the clock healthcare leaflet’ available to download from our website

Bank holidays are extremely busy times for the NHS and we are asking people in Wiltshire to use our local services wisely this Easter so that our emergency services, such as 999, are available for those who need them most.

Healthcare services in Wiltshire

Pharmacists – are experts on medicines and how they work. They can also offer advice on common complaints such as coughs, colds, aches and pains and other health issues and help to decide whether it’s necessary to see a doctor. Find your nearest pharmacy here.

Minor Injuries Units – are for patients with less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes. No appointments are required and they are led by qualified nurse practitioners. Find out MIU opening times in Chippenham and Trowbridge here.

Salisbury walk-in centre – open from 6.30pm until 10pm week days, and 8am until 8pm weekends including bank holidays. The centre is run by a team of experienced doctors and nurses and is based on a first come first served basis, unless someone is acutely unwell and needs immediate attention. For details on how to find the Salisbury walk-in centre visit: http://www.salisburywalkincentre.co.uk.

NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobiles. It is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced clinicians. Healthcare advice can be given over the telephone, or you may be directed to a local service if appropriate.

For life threatening situations serious injuries, loss of consciousness, chest pain or suspected stroke you should always call 999.

Dr Sandford-Hill continues,
“We also strongly recommend that people check that they have enough of their routine medication to see them through the four day weekend. If you need to order more, it is advisable to request it well in advance of the bank holiday to ensure that you receive it in time.”