Repeat prescriptions and health advice over the bank holiday weekend

23 May 2017

If you need a repeat prescription for medicines you’ll need over the bank holiday, act now!

GP surgeries usually need a few days to issue repeat prescriptions so the CCG is urging people to contact their GP today if they are likely to run out of prescription medicines over the bank holiday weekend.

Knowing where to go if you need health advice over the bank holiday weekend is also important.

Gail Locock, Chief Nurse for the CCG, said: “It’s important people know where to go for advice over the holiday weekend. By going to the right place, they can ensure services aren’t overstretched with people who should have sought help elsewhere.”

You can download the Health Help Now app from www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net or from Google Play or the App Store to help you get health advice at the right place. It can guide you to the best service for your symptoms, and tell you the nearest NHS services that are open during evenings, weekends and bank holidays, including pharmacies.

If you don’t have internet access or a smartphone, and need health help when it’s not an emergency, NHS 111 can give you free health advice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Just dial 111.

The pharmacy can be the first port of call for many people who feel unwell. 

Further information is available from NHS 111 (dial 111) or on the NHS Choices Website www.nhs.uk. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Other pharmacies may be open voluntarily on bank holiday period. Opening hours are correct at time of publishing – please check with the pharmacy before travelling. A full list of Kent and Medway pharmacy opening times can be found on the NHS England website.

 

Bank Holiday opening times – Monday 29 May 2017

Sheerness

Tesco Instore Pharmacy -Bridge Road, Sheerness, ME12 1RH – opens 9am-6pm
Tel: 0345 6779619

Sittingbourne

Asda Store Pharmacy –  Mill Way, Trinity Trading Estate, Sittingbourne, ME10 2PD – opens 9am-6pm
Tel: 01795 412110

Boots the Chemists – 122 High Street, Sittingbourne ME10 4PL – opens 10am-6pm
Tel: 01795 423259