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Know your options this May bank holiday weekend

Families in Birmingham and Solihull are being encouraged to know their options for getting medical help and advice this bank holiday weekend. 

Some GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 27 May 2019, so it is important that patients and their families know their options.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s very important that people choose the right service over the May bank holiday. There are many conditions that can be easily treated at home or with advice from your local pharmacist. 

“For healthcare needs that are not urgent, we would ask people to call NHS 111 or visit It’s free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“Some GP practices will be offering a limited number of extended access appointments on 27 May, but these must be booked in advance by calling your practice as normal. Alternatively, you could visit a local walk-in or urgent care centre.”

 Options during the May bank holiday weekends:

  • Self-care – make sure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home, so you can deal with minor injuries and ailments at home
  • Pharmacy – your local pharmacist can give you quick, confidential advice on lots of common illnesses, as well as over-the-counter medication. Find out if your local pharmacy is open on the May bank holiday here.
  • GP practice extended access appointments – some practices will be offering limited appointments, but these must be booked in advance through your GP practice. Find out about extended access over the bank holiday here.
  • NHS 111 – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, or not sure which NHS service you need, you can either call 111 or visit online 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Walk-in centre or urgent care centre – if you have an illness or injury that cannot wait until your GP surgery is open, you can find out the opening hours of these centres on the May bank holiday here.
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