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May 2019 bank holiday pharmacy opening hours

Details of which pharmacies open in Portsmouth over the two May bank holidays on May 6 and May 27, are now available. Details were correct at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. Please call your pharmacy before you visit to ensure they are open.

Did you know that you can get advice on minor ailments from your local community pharmacy or chemist?

Pharmacists are experts in medicines but they are also a great source of help and advice for things like managing long-term conditions or for ailments such as a bad cough, wheezing, a cold or sore throat.

Many pharmacies have longer opening hours than they average GP practice, and they'll also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.

Many also operate a new service called Pharmacy First, a scheme that allows people who receive free prescriptions to go straight to their pharmacist to receive treatment, for selected minor ailments, without needing to visit their GP to get a prescription. Find out more about Pharmacy First here.

When should I go to a pharmacy?

Minor ailments they can advise on include:

  • Bugs and viruses
  • Minor injuries
  • Tummy troubles
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies
  • Aches and pains

Services from pharmacies include:

  • Emergency contraception
  • Incontinence supplies
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Stop smoking services

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