Top tips for bank holiday healthcare

With GP services closed and many pharmacies on reduced opening hours over the bank holiday weekend (25-27 May), here are some top tips on how to access healthcare support:

  1. Ensure you have a fully stocked first aid kit at home or with you. Find out what you need here on the NHS website.
  2. Check for ticks after walks in the countryside. Find out how to remove and avoid ticks on the NHS website.
  3. Avoid sunburn by wearing sunscreen and spending time in the shade. See the NHS website for more sun safety tips.
  4. Take precautions to ease symptoms of hay fever. Your local pharmacist can help if you’re struggling with itchy and watery eyes, sneezing or blocked nose.
  5. If you think you need medical help but are unsure of which NHS service to use can help you with:
    • where to get help for your symptoms, if you’re not sure what to do
    • how to find general health information and advice
    • getting help with an existing medical condition
    • how to get mental health help
    • where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
    • getting emergency dental appointments

Remember, for life threatening emergencies, like breathing difficulties, heart attack like pain (heavy weight in the centre of your chest) contact 999 or go to your nearest A&E.