Here is a run-down of what services are available and how you can get health advice over the Easter Bank Holiday:

NHS 111

People who need urgent NHS care across Sefton are being asked to contact NHS 111 before going to a hospital accident and emergency department.

NHS 111 will direct people to the most appropriate health service which may include a walk-in centre, GP service, pharmacy or hospital.

If patients are assessed as needing to attend a hospital, they will get a timed appointment at a hospital emergency department.

In a medical emergency, people should always call 999.

 

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy symptom checker.

You can also get the NHS App on the App Store or Google Play. The NHS App is the simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone and tablet.

 

Pharmacies

Pharmacies can offer expert advice on a wide range of everyday health concerns. If you require a repeat prescription, remember to order it on time and before Good Friday, to ensure you have the medication you need.

Some pharmacies will be open over the Bank Holiday weekend. Details of which pharmacies are open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday are available here.

Please note this information is subject to change; check with your pharmacy before you visit.

 

Walk in Centres

Litherland Walk-in Centre is open 8am-8pm every day. All patients are being asked to call 0151 475 4667 where they will be given advice on the call and where necessary, an appointment will be allocated at the Centre.

The Urgent Treatment Centre in Ormskirk and the Walk-in Centre in Skelmersdale can treat minor injuries and minor ailments and are open 8am to 8pm each day. These centres are currently only seeing patients with pre-booked appointments. You can make an appointment by calling 01695 402180 or NHS 111.

 

GP services

To access a GP out of hours call NHS 111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk.

Limited 7 Day Service GP appointments are available over the bank holiday period, however these must be booked with your GP before Good Friday.

 

Mental Health support

If you need to speak to someone over the Easter Bank Holiday, you can call the following:

  • The psychological support line from Mersey Care NHS is available 8am to 8pm for those anxiety or depression due to the pandemic. Call 0151 473 0303.
  • For urgent mental health and support 24/7 call 0800 145 6570. This service from Mersey Care provides access to urgent mental health support, including for those in crisis.
  • Information on more support services is available at https://www.merseycare.nhs.uk/contact-us/do-you-need-help-urgently/

 

Emergency dental treatment

For emergency treatment when your dentist is closed, call 0161 476 9651.

 

COVID-19 Testing

If you need a COVID-19 test over Easter weekend, below are details for testing sites across Sefton.

SMART testing centres for asymptomatic tests are available at Aintree Racecourse, Bootle Leisure Centre and at Splash World in Southport as follows:

  • Good Friday – 10am until 4pm
  • Saturday 3 April – 8am until 8pm
  • Easter Monday – 10am until 4pm

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive and require a PCR test call 119 or go to https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test. Local testing centres remain open over Easter, but you must arrange an appointment in advance.

If you need medical advice about your symptoms visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please note this information is correct at the time of writing and subject to change. For the latest guidance, see Sefton Council’s website.