Stock up and stay safe this summer bank holiday

The capital’s NHS is calling for Londoners to plan for their healthcare needs early, ahead of the August bank holiday weekend, and take precautions to protect their health while enjoying the extended weekend break.

With some GPs and pharmacies closed or working reduced hours, it is important to be prepared in advance for any existing health conditions.

Medical Director for the NHS in London, Dr Chris Streather said:

“The August bank holiday weekend is an exciting time for Londoners, with many local celebrations taking place including the Notting Hill Carnival. NHS staff across the capital will continue to deliver care to those who need it, but we anticipate emergency services to be busier than usual.

“Collect any repeat prescriptions early and ensure you have enough medication to last the long weekend. By planning in advance, you will be protecting yourself and reducing pressures on emergency services.”

Should you require health advice or think you or a child may require A&E, use the NHS 111 online service, where you will be quickly directed to the best route of care.

By not spending long periods in the direct sun, staying hydrated and using sunscreen you can protect yourself from feeling unwell, as the heat can bring added health risks for many.

If you are celebrating in London this weekend, remember to drink responsibly, try to avoid large crowds or wear a face mask in crowded spaces, and only call 999 in a life-threatening emergency.

You can find a list of pharmacies that are open over the bank holiday weekend here. The regularly updated NHS Find a Pharmacy site also provides updates for pharmacies near you.

For urgent medical or dental advice or care, contact your GP practice or use the NHS 111 online service here for quick support and information.

Taking simple steps to reduce infections from Covid-19 is still recommended to protect those at highest risk. You can: