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Date: 22 September 2021
Doctors are urging people to remember that NHS services are still there for them over the long bank holiday weekend, whatever their need.
Although Covid-19 is still a big priority for health services everywhere, the NHS across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is geared up to offer whatever support people may need – including on Bank Holiday Monday, on 25 May.
If anyone needs urgent help or advice regarding an injury, an physical illness, or concerns over their emotional and mental health, skilled staff are available to help.
Dr Michele Legg, GP and clinical chair of NHS Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is really important that people know the NHS is still there to help this bank holiday – and every day. Clearly, if you have a minor problem which can be sorted at home, or with over-the-counter medicines, then that is what you should do.
“But if someone has a problem and feels they need care or advice urgently, then they should absolutely get in touch, preferably by calling first, so we can make sure they get the help they need, as soon as possible.
“With everyone talking about Covid-19, there is a danger that people may feel that their health problem isn’t important enough to get in touch, or that they don’t want to be a burden.
“As a doctor, that is the last thing I would want. I would much rather people get in touch to put their mind at rest that they are ok, instead of knowing that people weren’t coming to me when they were worried.”
On the late May bank holiday, the arrangements for the Isle of Wight are as follows:
If someone believes they have symptoms associated with Covid-19, they should not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital – on the bank holiday, or any other day. Up-to-date advice is on the NHS website www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19, and people who believe they may have the illness should visit the 111 online coronavirus service, or call 111 if unable to access help online.
Additional local service information
Pharmacists are an essential part of the NHS and need your help and support during the pandemic. Please treat staff with respect. They are doing their best to provide you with the medicines and advice you need.
If you have a prescription to collect:
For everyone else, if you are going into a pharmacy in person, follow social distancing rules and the rules put in place by the pharmacy to protect you and their staff. Sales of some medicines may be restricted in quantity by pharmacies to ensure that there is enough for everyone. Mental health support
Over 18s can call the Safe Haven on 01983 520168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org from 10am to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays. From there you can access the mental health online workshop called Positive Minds.
For children and young people aged 11 to 17 they can call the crisis line free on 0300 303 1590, Monday to Thursday (including bank holidays) from 3pm to 8.30pm.
Anyone can call NHS 111, 24/7 for mental health support.
Isle of Wight Urgent Treatment Centre
This service is not a walk-in – people needing advice or care should call NHS 111 in the first instance, and appointments can be made – if appropriate – at the UTC.
Support helpline for vulnerable Islanders
A helpline has been set up to support our most vulnerable residents affected by coronavirus self-isolation measures.
You can call 01983 823 600 between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.
This phone number is for anyone