People with minor illnesses and injuries this half-term school holiday are being urged to use the Brighton Station Health Centre, helping free up the city’s emergency care services for those most in need.
The last few months have been extremely difficult for the NHS across the country, especially on A&E departments and local GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.
To help ease this pressure on local services this half term holiday the NHS is urging people with minor infections and rashes, stomach upsets, superficial cuts and bruises, minor burns and strains to visit Brighton Station Health Centre for treatment. There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to use the walk-in centre and it offers quick treatment close to home from 8am-8pm in the city centre.
Dr David Supple, Clinical Chair of the CCG, said: “This half-term school holiday, if you do need urgent care that is not an emergency, you can get treated quickly without an appointment at the Brighton Station Health Centre. There is no need to be a registered patient or to make an appointment to and it offers easy access to quick treatment from 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday.”
Residents also benefit from easier access to evening and weekend appointments, available at GPs across the city. The service sees GP practices working together to offer patients appointments at more convenient times when they call their local practice. Patients can make an appointment between 6.30pm to 8.30pm at night in the week and from 10am to 4pm on a Saturday and Sunday. These appointments are in addition to the usual GP surgery opening hours from 8am to 6pm.It means that when patients contact their doctor they will be offered appointments at an accessible time and day at surgeries in the city where appointments are available, which may not always be patients usual practice.
Alternatives to A&E also includes NHS 111 is also available all day every day and www.nhs.uk is available to check symptoms online around the clock. A pharmacist can also help with flu, offering treatment advice and recommend flu remedies, and give guidance on giving medicines to children. No appointment necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas, and will say if you need further medical attention.