Plan for your health needs this Bank Holiday weekend

Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April 2024

18 Mar 2024
NHS South East London

As the Easter bank holiday (Friday 29th March – Monday 1st April) approaches, be sure to order your repeat prescriptions early and have enough medicine for any existing health conditions. This will help you avoid any breaks in your treatment during the holiday.

Over the long weekend, some GP surgeries and pharmacies may be closed or open for shorter hours. This means it may take longer to access healthcare services.

Opening hours for pharmacies in south east London over the Easter Bank Holiday.

  • If you have a life-threatening emergency or a serious injury, call 999 or go to the nearest A&E for help right away.
  • For less urgent health issues, where you need medical attention and advice, it’s best to contact your GP.
  • If you can’t reach your GP, NHS 111 online can help and give advice on what to do next. You can use access it via a tablet, laptop, mobile phone, or the NHS App – or you can call 111. NHS 111 online is easy to use and will guide you on what to do next, including directing you to the nearest open services.
  • Your local pharmacy is also a valuable resource during the bank holiday period. Some pharmacies, including those in supermarkets, will be open and can provide expert advice and over-the-counter remedies for minor health issues. Find out which pharmacies are open in your area.
  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis you can call the 24 hour mental health crisis line – check the NHS website for your local number. You can also use NHS 111 online or call 111 where trained advisors can help you find the right mental health services. If you or someone else is in danger, call 999 or go to A&E immediately.

Make sure you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy this Easter break by planning for your healthcare needs and knowing where to get help.