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Bank holiday – which pharmacies will be open?
21 August 2018

The bank holiday weekend is nearly here. For most people that means extra time off work, but do you know where you can find a local pharmacy which is open over the long weekend?

Local doctors are advising people not to fall into the trap of assuming – wrongly – that only A&E remains open over the bank holiday. There will be a network of pharmacies which remain open, with highly trained and experienced staff on hand to help.

In recent years the range of treatment and advice available at pharmacies has increased hugely – they can help people cope with many common health concerns, as well as supplying prescribed medicines.

For minor health issues pharmacies should be the first port of call for expert health advice, especially over the bank holiday when most workplaces are closed. 

Dr Elizabeth Fellows, chair and clinical executive at Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “People tend to assume the best option for healthcare during a bank holiday is the emergency department, this of course is not the case. Depending on the nature of your illness, you can also call NHS111, attend a walk-in centre or visit a pharmacist.

“As we approach the bank holiday, it’s also important you plan ahead and check your medicine supplies to ensure you have enough to last throughout the weekend and beyond. The period after the bank holiday is also very busy for NHS staff and you can help to ease the pressure, as well as saving yourself a lot of time and trouble, by checking you have enough medication”.

Bank holiday opening times for pharmacies in Portsmouth are now available.

All details of opening hours are correct at the time of publication, although these are subject to change - patients are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to confirm opening hours.

For more information about all of your local urgent care options – including walk-in centres, minor injuries units and the NHS 111 phone service – please click here.

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