If you’re sick this Easter here is what you should do

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If you’re sick or need treatment in Londonderry, Limavady and Strabane over Easter services will be available but on a curtailed basis.

Western Urgent Care will be operating for all GP Practices from 6pm on Friday, March 25 until practices open at 8.30am on Wednesday, March 30.

Attendance at GP Out of Hours centres is by appointment only. The Health and Social care Board (HSCB) is reminding patients that the Out of Hours service is a phone first service and all patients should contact the service by phone and should not attend an Out of Hours base without phoning.

Ring 028 7186 5195 if you need to use the service.

Meanwhile, the local pharmacy rota arrangements are: Sunday, March 27, Limavady, B N Gormley, 5pm – 6pm, 171 Irish Green Street; Strabane, Magir Ltd, 6pm – 7pm, The Health Centre, Main Street; Monday, March 28, Limavady, B N Gormley, 5pm - 6.30pm, 171 Irish Green Street, Strabane, Colhouns, 6pm – 7pm, 11 Castle Street.

Details of dental services will be displayed at dental surgeries or can be obtained by contacting your dentist.

For out of hours urgent dental problems, you should contact your dental surgery.

The out of hours Emergency Social Work Service is available outside normal office hours and on weekends, Bank Holidays and Public Holidays for genuine emergencies that cannot wait until the next working day.

You can contact the Regional Emergency Social Work Service on 028 9504 9999.

The Urgent Care and Treatment Centre can treat injuries that are not critical or life threatening, such as injuries to upper and lower limbs, broken bones, sprains, bruises and wounds, burns and scalds, bites, cuts and wounds and eye injuries.

Further details about the service including locations and opening hours can be found on the nidirect website at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/choosewell

Emergency Departments provide the highest level of emergency care for patients, especially those with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma. Normal Emergency Department services will be operating throughout the holiday period as usual. The service is for those in need of emergency treatment.

As always, the emergency ambulance service will be there if you need it. Always dial 999 when there is a risk to life or of serious injury. But, if your call is not an emergency, then please use the most appropriate service and help keep the 999 system clear for life threatening emergencies. Remember, you could risk a life if you tie up an emergency line for a non-emergency call. Your call could delay someone with a real emergency. Keep emergency lines free.

If you, or someone you know, is in distress or despair, no matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, Lifeline is here to help you.

Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to listen and give you the help and support you need, in confidence.

Tel: 0808 808 8000

Please make sure you Choose Well and get the right treatment for you and your family and help manage your health services resources.

The Health and Social Care Service would like to wish you a safe and healthy Easter.