The health board will contact ‘patients whose appointment needs to be rearranged’ due to the public holiday

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Health services in North Wales “will operate under normal bank holiday arrangements” on Monday, the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board confirmed.

As part of the period of mourning, Monday September 19 has been declared a public holiday to allow people to observe the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In a statement released today, the BCUHB said anyone having an appointment/procedure within one of its departments that day should assume it is going as planned unless otherwise stated.

The statement goes on to say that the health board will contact any patient whose appointment/procedure needs to be rearranged.

If you have an appointment/procedure for Monday that you no longer wish to attend, please contact the Board of Health as soon as possible using the contact details on your appointment letter or by canceling your appointment by line.

Emergency and emergency services and emergency primary care centers will operate as normal. After-hours GP services will also continue to be available.

A health board spokesperson said: “Some GP surgeries will be open on Monday September 19 and a list of these will be available here as soon as possible.

“If GP surgeries close on the bank holiday, they are responsible for rescheduling pre-booked appointments if necessary and helping patients receive prescriptions, especially repeat medications, before the bank holiday.

“For patients in GP surgeries which will be closing, the usual out-of-hours service will be provided as normal during public holidays.

“We are advising people to contact dental, optometry and community pharmacy providers to confirm services available on the holiday.

“There will be no change to emergency dental services.

“Contact details for minor injury units, dental, optometrists, pharmacies, mental health services, GP Services, NHS 111, sexual health clinics.”

Across North Wales, covid vaccination centers will be open for pre-scheduled appointments.

However, the vaccination booking team is contacting members of the public to offer an alternative date for those who booked on Monday, if preferred.

Scheduled home visits will be maintained and carried out as planned.

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