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NHS issues guidance for bank holiday Monday, with surgeries set to close in west Suffolk

GP practices will be closed this bank holiday Monday (May 25).

The NHS for west Suffolk has advised residents to consult the 111 online symptom checker for non-emergency help or advice.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 has been asked to stay away from GPs and hospital.

Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 has been advised to not visit hospital or a GP surgery.
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 has been advised to not visit hospital or a GP surgery.

For other health concerns, the 111 phone line is available on a 24/7 basis.

Dr Hasan Chowhan, chairman of NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "It’s very important you do not go to your hospital’s emergency department or the local pharmacy as you could potentially be spreading the virus.”

Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “If you use repeat prescription medicine make sure you have enough to last for the bank holiday.

"It takes at least 48 hours for your GP practice to process a repeat prescription request, and during this time sometimes longer, and it then needs to be dispensed by the pharmacy."

Tania Farrow, pharmacist and chief officer of Suffolk Local Pharmaceutical Committee, said: “Where a pharmacy is open local to you, they can support you with help and advice about minor ailments, prescription queries and can provide a range of other services.

"They should be your first point of contact this bank holiday and will signpost you to other services if they feel you need additional support.”

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