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The local NHS in Bradford District and Craven is asking people to plan ahead and use 111 for health advice over what is expected to be a busy Spring Bank Holiday (Monday 27 May).

Health services are currently busy and the emergency departments (also known as A&E) at Airedale Hospital and Bradford Royal Infirmary are experiencing extremely high levels of patient need, well above the seasonal average.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will be closed over the bank holiday and won’t reopen until Tuesday 28 May. During these busy periods people are being asked to use 111.nhs.uk for quick health advice, if you don’t have internet access you can also call 111.

Helen Farmer, Director for Access to Care at Bradford District and Craven Health and Care Partnership, said: “The 111 online service offers patients the best options for getting the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician or nurse, booking them an appointment in A&E, or providing advice on how to help them recover. If you think you have a life-threating emergency call 999 immediately.

“In the run up to the second bank holiday in May, we are also asking people to check their medication supplies and make sure they order any repeat prescriptions well in advance. This can be done by contacting your GP practice or through the NHS App.”

Some pharmacies will be open over bank holiday, to find one nearest to you search ‘find a pharmacy’ online. Pharmacies can also offer treatment and some prescription medicine for certain conditions without needing to see a GP (the Pharmacy First service).

Those seeking mental health support over this period can contact Guide-Line on 08001 884 884 between 8am and 12am or visit the Healthy Minds website to get help: www.healthyminds.services/.

For 24/7 urgent mental health crisis support, people should contact First Response on 0800 952 1181.