Bank on a pharmacy on May Day

The chances of getting stuck in a traffic jam this bank holiday weekend are quite high and likewise there could be long waiting times in A&E – so why not be smart and beat the queues by visiting your local pharmacist this May Bank Holiday (Monday, 1 May).

Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses.

Your local pharmacy can help you with more than you might think. Pharmacists offer expert, confidential advice and treatment for many minor health problems.

As most GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 1 May, please order any medication you need in plenty of time so that you have enough to see you through the bank holiday weekend. Check your stocks before requesting a repeat prescription, only ask for the items you need and don't stockpile.

Pharmacy opening hours in Essex over the bank holidays can be found on

You can type in your postcode on the website to find the nearest services.

You can also go to the NHS Choices website for information and advice on health conditions. If you need medical advice please call NHS 111.

Orsett Minor Injuries Unit, Rowley Road, Orsett RM16 3EU can deal with a wide range of minor injuries.

Accident and Emergency is for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only - please use your NHS wisely.

Download May Bank Holiday weekend pharmacy opening times for:

Pharmacy services on Monday 1 May  (Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay and Wickford) poster

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Date: 25 April 2017

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