August Bank Holiday health advice and pharmacy opening times

Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding residents and visitors where they can access expert medical treatment during the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Patients are advised to visit their pharmacist first for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.

Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action if you start to feel unwell.

Pharmacy opening hours in the Basildon and Brentwood area on August Bank Holiday Monday, August 29th are:

Asda Store Eastgate Shopping Centre, Basildon SS14 1AE 11am-5pm
Asda Store Pipps Hill Retail Park, Miles Gray Road, Basildon SS14 3AF 11am-5pm
Boots Pharmacy 64-66 High Street, Billericay CM12 9BS 10am-4pm
Boots Pharmacy 16 Willowdale Centre, High Street, Wickford SS12 0RA 10am-4pm
Boots Pharmacy Unit 6b, Mayflower Retail Park, Basildon SS14 3HZ 9am-6pm
Sainsbury's Pharmacy 51 William Hunter Way, Brentwood CM14 4WQ 9am-7pm
Tesco Pharmacy Mayflower Retail Park, Gardiners Link, Basildon SS14 3HZ 9am-6pm
Tesco Pharmacy Tesco Stores, off Station Lane, Pitsea, Basildon SS13 3JU 9am-6pm

As GP surgeries will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29th, patients should make sure they have enough stock of their prescription medicines but not to stockpile.

Call 111 if you need advice when your GP is closed. NHS 111 is the out-of-hours number.

Remember A&E is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only.

You should call NHS111 first if you need medical help and are not sure where to go.

When you call NHS 111 a trained adviser will assess you and direct you to the right service for your needs.

Orsett Minor Injury Unit (MIU) is for minor illnesses and/or injury such as a scald or sprain that doesn't require an A&E visit but you can't wait for a GP referral. The unit is open all Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Find more information on Orsett MIU here ( http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-bsbwtk-minor-injuries-unit )
For comprehensive health information see NHS choices

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