If you become ill over the upcoming long weekend, choosing the right service could mean that someone more seriously ill gets the care they need.

Use NHS 111 online or call 111 for urgent care needs that are not life-threatening. If you are contacting 111, please give as much information as you can, as that will help you get the right support and advice.

If face-to-face support is needed, an appointment may be booked at a local Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) or Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). While you can simply turn up at an MIU or UTC, you may be offered an appointment later that day (or the next) or signposted elsewhere, depending on your needs.

Keep 999 and A&E clear for genuine emergencies.

Pharmacies can help with allergies, constipation, headaches, earaches and many other ailments. Over the long weekend, opening times may vary so check online before travelling.

Find a pharmacy near you using the national nhs.uk website.

For non-urgent care services please contact your GP practice to make an appointment.

Many common ailments or complaints can be dealt with by another member of the practice team so you may not have to speak to a doctor; this also helps manage demand and free up appointments for people who may need them more.

If you need mental health support call Connection on 0800 652 0190. The Connection service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Think home not hospital

If you, a family member, or friend are being admitted to hospital, start to think about what will happen when you leave.

Please think ahead of any changes that could be made at home or any family and friends who might help to get you or your relative home as soon as possible.

Due to the extreme demands that hospitals continue to face, people may be asked to transfer to an alternative care setting out of hospital after their treatment, to start their recovery.

This is necessary so that space can be made available for the next person who needs hospital treatment.

Anyone who is likely to be affected will be informed at the earliest opportunity, and staff will work with families to support any decisions that need to be made.