People living in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre have been urged to continue using NHS services appropriately throughout the bank holiday weekend.

 With GP practices to remain closed this Bank Holiday Monday, anyone requiring urgent but non-emergency health treatment is asked to use the urgent treatment centres in Blackpool and Fleetwood, and to stay away from the hospital A&E department unless suffering from a life-threatening illness or injury.

 The advice comes as NHS bosses on the Fylde Coast have noticed an increase in the number of people attending the emergency department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

 Dr Ben Butler-Reid, clinical director for NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said: “I would urge everyone whose condition or injury isn’t life-threatening to please go to Whitegate Drive in Blackpool or Dock Street in Fleetwood. If you’re not sure what to do, call NHS111.”

 The urgent treatment centres are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. Social distancing measures are in place at both Fylde Coast centres and temperature checks are carried out on all patients to minimise the risk of COVID-19.

 A number of pharmacies will also be open on bank holiday Monday for minor health concerns. Pharmacists can offer important advice as well as provide medication. To see full details of which pharmacies will be open, visit https://www.fyldecoastccgs.nhs.uk/2020/05/bankholiday/