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NHS services are there to support you as we celebrate VE Day

As the country celebrates VE day this Bank Holiday Friday, services will still be serving communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

GP surgeries will be closed. However GP extended access appointments will still be available on Friday and across the weekend. NHS111 and NHS111 online will be available and Hot-Hub clinics will be open on Friday.

Dr Steve Fawcett, a Medical Director for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs said: “GP surgeries remained open on the Easter Bank Holidays, but there were very few patients wanting appointments. We have therefore decided opening surgeries this Friday is not the best use of resources. However there is still a wide range of services available.”

  • GP appointments are available through the normal GP extended access arrangements. Just ring your GP practice as you would normally to book. Most of these appointments are currently taking place by phone or video link.
  • On Friday Hot Clinics will be open to see the small number of patients that have Coronavirus symptoms and need a face-to-face appointment because they have underlying health conditions. This is a service that can be accessed by appointment only.
  • If you are worried about Coronavirus the online NHS111 Coronavirus service should be your first port-of-call, but ring NHS111 if you are unable to get the advice you want online or have other conditions you want urgent help with.

Dr Fawcett added: “I wish everyone an enjoyable VE Day, even during lockdown, and please remember to get your Coronavirus information from official NHS sources and not social media.”

In addition an enhanced Bank Holiday community pharmacy rota will be issued shortly.