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Three top tips to help you plan for the May bank holidays

Posted on: 26 April 2023

As we head towards the 1 May bank holiday weekend, and the King’s coronation bank holiday weekend between 6-8 May, we want to remind you of four things you can do over the bank holiday weekends to ensure you are prepared and know what health services are available if you need them. 

Read on for top tips on how to order repeat prescriptions, how to access medical care, and where to get COVID-19 spring booster vaccines if you or a family member are vulnerable.

Medication and repeat prescriptions 

Help us help you by making sure you’ve ordered and collected any medication or repeat prescriptions you may need in advance of the bank holiday weekends, when some NHS services may have different opening hours than normal.

Pharmacies in London will have different opening hours than normal, and some will be closed.

You can use the NHS Pharmacy Finder to find an open pharmacy near you or visit NHS London’s website to find a list of pharmacies open over the bank holiday weekends in the capital. 

Pharmacists are trained medical professionals and can advise you on a range of minor illnesses, from stomach aches to skin rashes and colds. Seeing a pharmacist is often the best first step for minor health concerns, and they can provide one-to-one, confidential consultations. 

You can find a list of pharmacies that are open over the Jubilee weekend here. The regularly updated NHS Find a Pharmacy site will also provide updates for local pharmacies near you.


Where to access urgent medical care 

Some GP services will be available over the bank holiday weekends, such as the Care Group-run Urgent Treatment Centre. For urgent medical advice or care, contact your GP practice or use the NHS 111 online service here for quick support and information.


COVID-19 vaccines for vulnerable people

If you’re worried about COVID-19 symptoms, visit the NHS website to find out what you should be mindful of.

The COVID-19 spring booster dose is being offered to the following groups:

adults aged 75 years and over

residents in a care home for older adults

individuals aged 5 years and over who are immunosuppressed

If you fall within these groups, please wait to be contacted.