As the Bank Holiday approaches, Islanders are being urged to only use A and E in a life-threatening emergency.

The Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group says NHS staff and its services come under a lot of pressure during holidays.

They are recommending alternatives to St Mary’s Hospital, in the event of a non-emergency.

Dr Michele Legg, Clinical Chair at the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

“We know it can be difficult to know what to do for the best when you need NHS help,
but there are plenty of options.

“If you fall ill, and it is not a life-threatening emergency, the local pharmacy or your GP surgery are great first options. Pharmacists can help with a number of minor illnesses and most even offer a private consultation room. And your surgery may be able to offer you a same-day urgent appointment. Just be sure to double check opening times before you go.

“If you are unsure and would like some advice, try NHS 111 – you can call the free phone number 24/7 or contact them online, it’s a great convenience, and call handlers can direct you to a relevant clinical professional where necessary.”

The CCG says many common illnesses can be treated in the comfort of your own home and information and guidance is available online.

For more information on urgent care options, download your free ‘Where to Go’ guide from
the CCG website.

People are also being reminded that pharmacy opening hours may differ over the next few days. Find all the details here.