Local residents are being urged to use NHS services wisely and ensure they choose the right service for their illness or injury during the spring months including over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
There are a wide range of local NHS services available during this time including:
Open 24/7; 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.
They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone
When your GP practice is closed you can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling NHS 111. The NHS 111 team will assess your condition over the phone and if they think you need to be seen by a health professional, they will refer you to the Out Of Hours GP service.
Pharmacies are open across the area including during Easter; some are even open on Easter Sunday. Pharmacies can help with a range of things including aches, hangovers, colds, emergency contraception, and non-prescription medication. Opening times for local pharmacies can be found here, or visit https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/. If you are still unsure, you can call NHS 111.
Minor Illness and Injury Units
Minor Illness and Injury Units can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings.
If you require urgent medical attention fast when your GP surgery is closed call 111. You can also ring 111 if you want to contact a GP out of hours.
• Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6NX.
Tel: 01789 205831
• Ellen Badger Hospital, Stratford Road, Shipston-on-Stour, CV36 4AX.
Tel: 01608 661410
• Warwick Hospital, Lakin Road, Warwick CV34 5BW. Tel: 01926 495321
Stratford Minor Injuries Unit
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust runs the Minor Injuries Unit from Stratford-upon-Avon Hospital. This nurse led unit is open 7 days a week, 9am-5pm. Please note that there is no x-ray at the weekends. This unit can treat patients with minor injuries for example: minor burns, general fractures. If in doubt, contact the unit to seek advice on 01789 205831 ext. 5270
Dental emergency and out-of-hours care
If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary. You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.