GPs will be closed over the three day bank holiday weekend for the first time since the relaxation of the lockdown rules - but it doesn’t mean an end to the government’s pandemic advice which is to stay alert, control the virus and save lives.
Ahead of the May bank holiday on Monday 25 May, we are asking people to visit community pharmacies if they require treatment for minor ailments or advice.
People are also reminded that anyone with minor injuries should visit the Camborne-Redruth Community Hospital Minor Injury Unit for assessment and treatment or any of the counties other minor injury units and not the emergency department. NHS 111 remains available for advice and guidance.
Dr Iain Chorlton, chairman of NHS Kernow, said: “Your community pharmacies are the best first stop if you’re unsure of where to go for help. Pharmacists are highly trained to offer advice and treatment on a wide range of conditions. If someone needs to be urgently signposted elsewhere, they will know the most appropriate place to refer the person onto.
“I’d like to urge people to recognise that while GP surgeries are not available during the bank holiday as they have been previously during the pandemic, this is not a sign that we are returning to normality pre-COVID-19.
“People should continue to follow the current government guidance which calls on all of us to play our part and stay alert, control the virus and save lives. Continue to wash your hands regularly, maintain social distancing, don’t gather in groups of more than two, except if you live in the same household or for other specific exceptions set out by the government.”
Pharmacists offer advice and treatment for a huge range of common illnesses and complaints, including skin conditions like rashes and eczema, coughs, colds, sore throats and allergies, nappy rash, water infections in women and sticky eyes in adults and children.
May Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times (25 May)
- Boots pharmacy, West Cornwall Shopping Park, Hayle: 8am – 10pm
- Tesco pharmacy, Clodgey Lane, Helston: 9am - 6pm
- Boots pharmacy, Market Jew Street, Penzance: 10am - 4pm
- Lloyd’s pharmacy, Eastern Green, Penzance: 9am – 5pm
- Morrab pharmacy, Morrab Road, Penzance: 5.30pm-8.30pm
- Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Porthleven: 10am - 4pm
- Tesco pharmacy, Station Road, Carn Brae Industrial Estate, Redruth: 9am – 6pm
- Boots pharmacy, High Street, St Ives: 10am – 4pm
- Boots pharmacy, Market Street, Falmouth: 10am – 5pm
- Boots pharmacy, Kingsley Village Shopping Park, Penhale: 8am – 8pm
- Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Mevagissey: 10am – 4pm
- Boots pharmacy, Bank Street, Newquay: 10am – 4pm
- Boots pharmacy, Beach Road, Perranporth: 10am – 4pm
- Asda pharmacy, Cromwell Road, St Austell: 9am – 6pm
- Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, St Austell: 10am – 4pm
- Middleway pharmacy, Middleway, St Blazey: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
- Boots pharmacy, Pydar Street, Truro: 11am – 5pm
- Lloyds pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Treyew Road, Truro: 9am – 5pm
- Tesco pharmacy, Garras Wharf, Truro: 9am – 6pm
North and east Cornwall
- Asda pharmacy, Launceston Road, Bodmin: 9am – 6pm
- Boots pharmacy, Fore Street, Bodmin: 10am – 4pm
- Boots pharmacy, Belle Vue, Bude: 10am – 4pm
- Day Lewis pharmacy, Broad Street, Launceston: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
- Tesco pharmacy, Tavistock Road, Launceston: 9am – 6pm
- Boots pharmacy, Baytree Hill, Liskeard: 10am – 4.30pm
- Boots pharmacy, Market Street, Padstow: 10am – 4pm
- Boots pharmacy, Bath House, Fore Street, Tintagel: 10am – 2pm
- Boots pharmacy, New Courthouse, The Platt, Wadebridge: 10am – 4pm
Dr Chorlton added minor injury units can treat a range of conditions which have occurred during the previous 14 days such as sprains and strains; broken bones; minor burns and scalds; head injuries (but not if someone is unconscious); insect and animal bites and stings; minor eye injuries, cuts, bruising and grazes.
He said: “This will allow staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital to focus on critically unwell or injured patients at the emergency department, as part of our ongoing COVID-19 efforts.”
The Camborne-Redruth Community Hospital Minor Injury Unit is open seven days a week from 8am until 10pm. The postcode for satnav directions is: TR15 3ER.
Patients with significant limb injuries which cannot wait until the following morning can be seen overnight at the limb trauma unit now open at St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle.
Anyone with a life threatening condition or emergency should dial 999 or visit the emergency department.
For more information on pharmacy opening times across the bank holiday click here .
Visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need help or advice outside your practices normal opening hours.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please use the 111 online service.
Check the current availability of minor injury units here.