Know your healthcare options ahead of Platinum Jubilee bank holiday, NHS urges

As final preparations are made to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee, people in the North East and Yorkshire are reminded to plan ahead with their medicines needs for the four-day bank holiday weekend, and to visit NHS111 online first in the event medical advice is needed.

Dr Jonathan Slade, the NHS region’s Medical Director (System Improvement and Professional Standards), said:

“The NHS is here for you if you need us over this extended bank holiday. As the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend approaches we’re asking people in the North East and Yorkshire to ensure they’re prepared. Please order any repeat prescriptions you may need to last over the bank holiday from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

“You can use the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions, or change your nominated pharmacy, in just a few taps.”

Dr Slade (pictured) added: “I’d also encourage people to use the 111 online service – it is a brilliant option to have. It can tell you where to get help for your symptoms and even arrange a telephone call with a healthcare professional, if appropriate.”

Health advice and information is available from the NHS AppNHS website and your local GP practice website. You can also use the NHS website to find a pharmacy near you which will be open over the bank holiday.

People may also consider having at home a small stock of basic medicines in case needed for minor illness or injury. These may include paracetamol, plasters, indigestion remedy and anti-diarrhoeal medicine. Ask your local pharmacist for advice on what medicines you should keep at home.

If you need urgent medical help and don’t know what to do, you can go to or call 111 in the first instance. A&E and 999 remain there for any life-threatening health concerns.