Where should I go for medical care over the bank holiday weekend?

It’s the end of summer and everyone has their fingers crossed for a sunny send-off to the season as they make plans for the bank holiday weekend. But plans don’t always go smoothly (especially when UK weather is involved) and it’s important to know what to do if you or someone you know becomes unwell.

Local GP practices and pharmacies will be offering reduced opening hours over the long weekend but there are lots of other services offering urgent advice and treatment if you need it.

[REMEMBER – make sure you order any repeat prescriptions you need in good time]

NHS 111 is a free-to-call phone number with fully trained advisors available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You should use this service if you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency, don’t know who to call and need information or reassurance about what to do next. Depending on the situation, you’ll:

  • Find out what local service can help you
  • Be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
  • Get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
  • Be told how to get any medicine you need
  • Get self-care advice

 can assess your symptoms for many minor conditions, advise you on how to care for yourself at home and help you buy any medicines you need. You don’t need an appointment and many pharmacies are open late and at weekends, outside of bank holiday periods. Click here to view the opening times for pharmacies in East Sussex this bank holiday.

Your GP practice is now working together with others in your area to offer more appointments in the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays. These appointments might be at your usual practice or at one close by. Ask your reception team for more information.

Walk-in centres provide GP services when your GP surgery is closed and if you cannot wait until they are next open. They are open 8am-8pm 365 days a year and open to all residents and visitors to East Sussex. Your nearest centres are at:

  • Eastbourne Station Health Centre, Eastbourne Station, Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3QJ

  • Brighton Station Walk In Centre, Aspect House, 84-87 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XE

Minor Injuries Units (MIUs)
 are an alternative to attending A&E, for less serious conditions that still need prompt attention, such as sprains and strains, broken bones, wound infections, minor burns and animal bites. There are three MIUs close by, open 8am-8pm, 365 days a year:

  • Crowborough Minor Injuries Unit, Crowborough War Memorial Hospital, Southview Road, Crowborough TN6 1HB

  • Lewes Minor Injuries Unit, Lewes Victoria Hospital, Nevill Road, Lewes BN7 1PE

  • Uckfield Minor Injuries Unit, Uckfield Community Hospital, Framfield Road, Uckfield TN22 5AW

Accident & Emergency and 999
 are there for you in emergency situations. You should only call 999 or go to A&E if you need immediate care and have symptoms of serious illness or injuries that could be life-threatening.