Bank holiday revellers urged to look after themselves and each other

Residents and visitors to the city are being called on to help the NHS provide the best possible care during the AUgust bank holiday weekend.

Hundreds of thousands of people join together in Brighton and Hove to have fun each summer, and this can add extra pressure on local health services.

The local NHS is calling on revellers to look after themselves and each other, so they don’t need avoidable medical attention and add to pressures on local health and care services, saving them for those in the most need

The NHS offers three simples steps to stay safe in the sun:

  • Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm
  • Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses
  • Use at least factor 15 sunscreen and reapply every few hours

People can carry out simple first aid for insect bites and stings themselves to deal with any redness, swelling and any stinging or burning pain with over the counter medicine and a well-stocked medicine cabinet.

Allergy sufferers are being urged to make sure you are prepared for Pride by getting the medicines they need in advance and seek expert advice from a pharmacist.

Hay fever and asthma are closely linked as pollen can be a common trigger for those who suffer with asthma. They are being reminded to ensure they bring their inhaler to Pride and follow advice from their GP.

There are many common minor injuries and illnesses we can all treat at home, or with a basic first aid kit, freeing up urgent and emergency care staff to treat those in the direst need first.

Alternatives to A&E for urgent care when it’s not an emergency includes the NHS Walk in Centre at Brighton Station, open 8am to 8pm every day for treatment of minor injuries and ailments without an appointment.

NHS111 is available 24/7 and offers advice and guidance for patients experiencing non-emergency urgent healthcare needs and can advise on local NHS services, connect the caller to medical professional, arrange appointments and offer self-care advice.

A pharmacist can also help, offering treatment advice and recommend remedies, and give guidance on giving medicines to children. No appointment necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas.

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 by calling their practice.