The final bank holiday before Christmas is coming up, and local GPs are urging people to be prepared.
There are plenty of alternatives to the Emergency Department (A&E), which should only be used if it is a genuine medical emergency.
Minor Injuries Units across the area can all help if people are feeling unwell or have a minor injury, such as stomach upsets, bites and stings, or sprains and strains.
Pharmacists are also an excellent resource if you need healthcare advice – and you don’t need to make an appointment. They can help with everyday ailments, potentially saving you a visit to your GP or elsewhere.
A pharmacist can also help you be prepared for when minor illnesses or accidents strike by advising you on what to have in your home medicine cupboard – including basics such as painkillers; thermometer; plasters and dressings; and antiseptic.
And if you have a health issue that’s bothering you, then ring NHS 111 for medical advice and help 24 hours a day.
111 should be called when you need medical help or advice straight away, but it’s not a 999 emergency. You can also ring 111 if you want to see your GP out of hours.
Temperatures over the weekend are forecast to be in the low 20s with some cloud, so the heatwave from last month is unlikely to be replicated over the long weekend.
However, if someone feels unwell because of the heat, get them somewhere cool to rest, and give them cool fluids to drink such as water or fruit juice.
If symptoms such as breathlessness, cramps, chest pain, confusion, weakness or dizziness get worse or don’t go away, seek medical help.