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Get the right treatment over the bank holiday


Patients in Nottingham City are being asked to remember the wide range of ways in which to get health advice, support and treatment over the bank holiday weekend.


GP surgeries will be closed on bank holiday Monday, but there are plenty of other ways to access health services:

If you need help fast but don’t think it’s a 999 emergency – or if you simply need health information – you can call 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is free to call from landlines and mobile phones. It includes a full range of local health services, including doctors, community nurses, emergency dental care and late opening chemists.

If you have a minor illness or injury you can go to an NHS walk-in centre. You can see an experienced nurse for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses at the NHS Walk-in Centre at London Road, Nottingham or the 8am-8pm Health Centre on Upper Parliament Street.

If you need advice for minor health problems you can speak to your pharmacist for on-the-spot advice and remedies for a wide range of problems such as stomach upsets, coughs and colds. Details of Nottingham City pharmacies open on the bank holidays can be found online at

Information, including a wide range of health and symptom checkers, is also available online via NHS Choices at

If you think you need to see a GP out-of-hours, telephone 111. The 111 service can put you in contact with the GP out-of-hours service, which can arrange for you to see a doctor or nurse during evenings and weekends if needed.

You should only call 999 or visit the Emergency Department (A&E) in a real emergency. This includes a serious injury or life-threatening problem such as loss of consciousness, severe breathing difficulty, heavy bleeding, severe chest pain, suspected broken bones, deep wounds (e.g. stab wounds), swallowing something harmful or poisonous or a drug overdose.

Published: 21 May 2015