Easter Bank Holiday – Easing the Pressure on A&E

THE public are being encouraged to use the appropriate services as pressure continues to mount on the NHS.

NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (Bolton CCG) is continuing to drive home the message about using the right services for the right illnesses.

Due to a challenging winter period, with poor weather and a particularly bad flu season, pressure on NHS services is continuing to increase, particularly in relation to admissions to A&E.

One of the contributing factors to this large increase is the number of patients who are not aware or are unwilling to use other more appropriate NHS services.

A&E is strictly for serious and life-threatening conditions, it does not stand for “anything and everything”, and there are a number of options which patients can use which would not only help ease the pressure on A&E but would also see them seen and treated much faster.

The GP out-of-hours service is available to everyone in Bolton to help with urgent health issues at evenings and weekends, this will help those people who are feeling unwell but are not suffering from life-threatening conditions. This service is available by contacting your local GP Practice.

Urgent, same-day appointments are also available to patients, including same-day assessments for children under the age of 12.

There are also many patients who attend A&E when their local GP Practice is open during core hours. There is a misconception that patients will be seen sooner if they attend A&E, this is not the case, only serious and life-threatening conditions are prioritised in A&E and many people would be seen much faster by visiting or calling their local GP Practice.

There are some minor illnesses which can be treated by your local pharmacist – such as coughs, colds and sore throats. Many people are unaware that pharmacists are highly-trained medical professionals who are qualified to offer medical advice to treat minor ailments.

Barry Silvert, NHS Bolton CCG Clinical Director of Commissioning, said: “It is extremely important that the public are aware of all the services which are available to them. In Bolton, there are several options when it comes to getting treatment, particularly for non-emergency and minor illnesses. We are committed to easing the pressure on our already highly pressurised A&E department and we would encourage people to seek out the appropriate service to help ease this pressure.”

Easter Bank Holiday Availability

It is important to be aware of the options available and especially on a Bank Holiday. Choosing the right option will enable patients to be seen in an emergency much faster and will also ensure that they will not have to wait for prolonged periods of time in A&E.

All GP Practices in Bolton are contracted to provide opening hours from 8.00 – 18:30. Some Practices offer extended hours beyond these times, however patients need to contact their own GP Practice.

Extended hours for GP appointments are available over the Easter Bank Holiday at Deane Medical Centre and Halliwell Surgery at the following times (remember to contact your own GP Practice for these appointments):

Monday to Friday             18.30 – 21.30

Good Friday                       10.00 – 13.00

Easter Saturday                 9.00 – 13.00

Easter Sunday                   10.00 – 13.00

Easter Monday                  10.00 – 13.00

If you require access to a GP outside of these hours over the Easter Bank holiday you can access the GP Out-of-Hours Service by calling your local GP Practice – this service runs from 18.30 to 8.00.

Pharmacy Opening Times – Easter Bank Holiday

Pharmacy Telephone No. 30 March Good Friday 1st April  Easter Sunday Easter Monday 2 Apr
Deane Pharmacy Horsefield Street  Deane Bolton BL3 4LU 01204 662151 8am – 11pm 10am – 10pm 8am – 11pm
Cohens Waters Meeting Road Bolton Lancs BL1 8SW 01204 523148 10am-9pm 10am – 9pm 10am-9pm
Nash Pharmacy 63 Castle Street  Bolton Lancs BL2 1AD 01204 363 030 8am – 8pm Noon – 8pm Noon – 8pm
Asda Pharmacy Manchester Road Bolton Lancashire BL3 2QS 01204 374 710 9am – 6pm Closed 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy Moss Bank Way  Bolton BL1 8QG 01204 602 010 9am – 6pm Closed 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy Brackley Street Farnworth Bolton BL4 9DT 01204 703 410 9am – 6pm Closed 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy 43-53 The Link Way, Middlebrook Horwich Bolton BL6 6JA 01204 699 337 9am – 6pm Closed 9am – 6pm
Boots 55 The Linkway, Middlebrook Retail Park, Horwich, BL6 6JA 01204 469831 8.30am – 8.30pm Closed 10am – 6pm
Tesco In-Store Pharmacy Long Causeway Farnworth Bolton BL4 9LS 0161 602 8970 9am – 6pm Closed 9am – 6pm
Tesco In-Store Pharmacy Mansell Way Horwich Bolton BL6 6JS 01204 501005 8am – 9pm Closed 9am – 6pm
Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsburys  Trinity Street Bolton Lancs BL3 6DH 01204 394780 7am – 8pm Closed 8am – 7pm
Boots Unit 5, Bolton Shopping Park Trinity Street,  Bolton BL3 6DH 01204 523 689 10am – 6pm Closed 10am – 6pm


For more information visit www.letsmakeitbolton.co.uk