Where to get help this bank holiday

Where to get help this bank holiday

Where to get help this bank holiday

With the August bank holiday fast approaching, healthcare professionals are asking individuals to ensure you have enough medicines to see you through the holiday period.

Make sure you have enough of your repeat prescription to last you through the weekend. If you need new supplies, order them in enough time to collect before the bank holiday.

Health experts recommend stocking up on any medicines you may need including:

  • Pain relief like aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen to relieve headaches, and minor ailments.
  • Antihistamines to combat hay fever, insect bites and common allergies.
  • Sun cream of at least factor 15 to stay protected against summer rays.

The NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk contains a wealth of general information and advice.

Selected pharmacies in Surrey Downs will remain open during the bank holiday to offer health advice on common illnesses and medicines should you need it. For a full list of pharmacy opening times in Surrey on Monday 27 August, click here.

Alternatively, find details of your nearest pharmacy on the NHS Choices website by clicking here.

NHS111, the NHS non-emergency number, will operate during the break to offer advice from healthcare professionals. The line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is free to call from both landlines and mobiles.

Call 111 if:

  • You need medical help fast but you’re unsure if it’s a 999 emergency
  • You don't know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
  • You need health information or reassurance about what to do next.

111 can make an out-of-hours appointment for you, if required.

You may also benefit from the GP extended access service. To find out more about this, click here.

In a medical emergency, call 999 to access ambulance services.