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Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust News - Public asked to Choose Well and help keep A&E free for those who really need urgent and emergency care this bank holiday


Doctors at local A&Es run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are joining with their GP primary care colleagues in asking the public to Choose Well and use the right health service for their needs over the bank holiday.

One of the key messages is that A&E departments need to be kept free for those who really need urgent and emergency care.

People with less serious conditions should try to self-care, for example if they have a cold or ear infection, and/or seek advice from a pharmacist, leaving emergency A&E doctors to focus their attention on seriously ill emergency patients.

A full list of opening hours for pharmacies and out of hours GP services in North Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale and Bury, including phone numbers and addresses, is available on the Trust website on our Choose Well webpage.

Attendances and demand at all three A&E departments run by The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust remain particularly high. Amongst those attendances, A&E emergency doctors are seeing cases which could be treated elsewhere in the community such as by a pharmacist. This could delay people with genuine emergencies from being seen in the quickest possible time and increased waiting times for others.

By avoiding A&E and choosing the right service this bank holiday, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest time, whilst keeping emergency health services available for emergencies and life-threatening conditions.

People with minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats and upset stomachs should try to care for themselves in the first instance and then failing that seek advice from a local pharmacist. Most of the time a pharmacist will be able offer people an over the counter remedy to their ailment. 

Keeping warm, eating well and being prepared by stocking up your medicine cabinet and making sure you have enough stock of medicines to last through the bank holiday periods can also help people to stay well.

Professor Matt Makin, Medical Director at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

"Our A&E and urgent care doctors, nurses and staff are working incredibly hard and still seeing great numbers of patients day in day out. Despite being out of winter and into spring there is no sign of a lull and we still have lots of patients in beds either requiring treatment or waiting to be discharged from hospital, which adds to the pressure.

“A&E is still the place to come if you need urgent treatment. However, we are still seeing lots of people with less serious conditions and minor complaints.  

Only those people who are extremely unwell and in need urgent care and emergency medical attention should come to A&E where we will provide the best possible care. Ordering and taking care of any repeat prescriptions, having a well-stocked medicine cabinet and being aware of opening times and contact details for local pharmacies will help over the bank holiday period.”

Dr Grumbridge, GP at Hopwood House Surgery and Clinical Director for Urgent Care at the CCG said:

“I would ask all patients to think carefully and use the various treatment options available to them – self-care at home, our numerous local pharmacies across the Borough, NHS Choices, local GP surgeries and the walk in service, all of which are on hand to provide reliable, safe healthcare. I would also urge patients to avoid using A&E at the Royal Oldham Hospital for anything other than genuine medical emergencies and accidents, and to remember that A&E departments are designed for seriously ill patients to be treated urgently.”

Choosing the right service to meet your needs this bank holiday:

  • NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk) offers up to date expert advice as well details of local services
  • NHS 111 is the non-emergency number open 24 hours a day. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and you will be asked you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you
  • Local community pharmacies can help you with lots of everyday ailments
  • Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation such as choking, chest pain, blackouts, serious blood loss, suspected stroke or meningitis

If you live in the Oldham area then you can get up to date information about healthcare in the community, such as information about opening times for GPs, walk in centres and pharmacies on the NHS Oldham CCG website or visit its Choose Well web page

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Bank Holiday Pharmacies - Oldham

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2nd May Bank Holiday

30th May Bank Holiday

29th August Bank holiday

Tesco Pharmacy

Huddersfield Road


0161 951 6847

11am - 4pm

11am - 4pm

11am - 4pm

Tesco Pharmacy

Featherstall Road


0161 951 5247

11am - 4pm

11am - 4pm

11am - 4pm

Asda Pharmacy

Greenfield Lane


01706 883 500

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Asda Pharmacy

1 Milne Street

OL9 0JE 

0161 484 1060

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

11am - 5pm

Sainsburys pharmacy

60 Union street


0161 620 7360

9am - 7pm

9am - 7pm

9am - 7pm

Boots Pharmacy 

Town Square






Lloyds Pharmacy 

Oldham ICC New Radcliffe St


0161 626 5426

11am - 4pm

11am - 4pm

11am - 4pm


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