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NHS advice during Grand National Festival at Aintree

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Aintree, Race Course Signage and Grandstand.

This week’s Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse is taking place during what is an already busy period for the NHS, with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and ongoing industrial action.

Each year, over the three days of the Grand National Festival, attendances at Aintree University Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s emergency Departments tend to rise.

Up to 20% more patients

Aintree Hospital can see up to 20% more patients than normal with minor injuries and numbers can rise at the Royal as people continue their evenings in Liverpool city centre.

The NHS is reminding local communities that people with non-life-threatening injuries can contact NHS 111 online or by phone, which will direct them to the most appropriate service for advice or treatment.

NHS 111 is staffed by a team of trained professionals and clinicians who provide instant over-the-phone triage and can arrange a face-to-face appointment with an out-of-hours GP, or at a local hospital Emergency Department if needed.

Walk In Centre

Alternatively, people in South Sefton can also attend Litherland Walk In Centre without an appointment. Walk In Centres are open from 8am to 8pm seven days per week. Before attending, we recommend you contact NHS 111 to check this is the service you require, as they may be able to help arrange your visit.

Walk In Centres are run by a team of highly skilled multidisciplinary staff, who can provide consultations, advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses in both children and adults.

People can also get advice and treatment for lots of minor illnesses and ailments by visiting a local pharmacy – without the need for an appointment.

Landmark event

Dr Jim Gardner, Chief Medical Officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Grand National Festival is a landmark event for Liverpool and we want people to have a brilliant time, whether they are attending Aintree Racecourse or enjoying the event elsewhere. But we also want our local communities to look out for one another and enjoy the festival sensibly. Please take care of yourselves, drink in moderation and look after friends and family.

“For anyone requiring urgent or emergency care, our Emergency Departments are always open and our teams are here to help you. However, if you do come to our hospitals with a non-urgent condition, please expect to wait much longer whilst we prioritise those who need our help most.”