The last Bank Holiday of the summer is fast approaching, but whatever your plans, please be prepared healthwise.
Make sure you will have enough of the prescription medicines you take - only order the amount you will need and don't stockpile.
Don't forget that GP surgeries and many pharmacies will be closed Bank Holiday Monday but see the full article for details of pharmacies open locally.
A well stocked medicine cabinet and first aid kit will help you deal with most minor ailments
Visit your pharmacist first for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.
If you're planning a barbecue, see the safety advice from Essex County Fire & Rescue Service. The safest option is to fully cook food in your oven and then put the cooked food on the barbecue for a short time so the flavour can develop.
Pharmacy opening hours in the Basildon and Brentwood area on August Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th are:
|Basildon||Tesco Instore Pharmacy||
Mayflower Retail Park
|Basildon||Asda Stores Ltd||Heron Retail Park
Miles Gray Road
Basildon SS14 3AF
|Basildon||LLoyds Pharmacy||Cricketers Way
Basildon SS13 1SA
|Billericay||Boots the Chemist||CM12 9BS||10am-4pm|
|Pitsea||Your Local Boots Pharmacy||8 Northlands Pavement
Pitsea SS13 3DU
|Pitsea||Tesco Instore Pharmacy||Off Station Lane
Pitsea SS13 3JU
|Wickford||Your Local Boots Pharmacy||16 WillowCentre
Wickford SS12 0RA
Call 111 if you need advice when your GP is closed. NHS 111 is the out-of-hours number.
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
For health information you can trust see NHS Choices.
Remember A&E is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only