NHS plea to get ready for the bank holiday weekend

Tuesday 22nd May, 2018

In the run-up to the May Day bank holiday weekend (26-28 May 2018) the local NHS is asking everyone to plan ahead to ensure they have all medications they need to stay healthy until normal opening hours resume Tuesday 29 May.

It is important everyone makes sure you order any prescriptions in good time to allow you to pick up your medication before the weekend, as GP practices and many pharmacies will close over bank holiday.

We see many patients who have not ordered their medication sufficiently far in advance, and have then not left enough time to collect it before the pharmacy closes for the holiday period.

If you need help over the bank holiday when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit to locate your next nearest pharmacy and ring ahead to check holiday opening hours.

Choose wisely when it’s not an emergency

Across the UK, up to 40% of A&E attendances could be better dealt with elsewhere.

As we approach the long weekend, choosing wisely when it’s not an emergency not only helps hospitals under pressure to give prompt attention to those most in need, it means you will face shorter waits and get seen quicker, closer to home and in turn HelpMyNHS by you and your loved ones get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.