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Plan ahead before the bank holiday weekend

The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull is reminding residents to be prepared with their medication over the May bank holiday weekend.

Ahead of Monday 2 May, anyone who requires regular medication and needs a repeat prescription should plan ahead and contact their GP practice, visit their practice website or use the NHS app, ensuring they have ordered and collected their prescription in good time.

People should also check their medicine cabinet is stocked with basics, such as indigestion remedies, plasters and painkillers, so that they can self-care for minor illnesses and injuries at home.

A helpful guide on what you should have in your first-aid kit is available on the NHS website.

If you have a minor health concern that you can’t treat at home, there will be pharmacies open on bank holiday Monday, and your local pharmacist can offer expert advice and over-the-counter treatment on common conditions, such as stomach aches, cuts and insect bites and many other minor ailments.

Pharmacy opening times in Birmingham and Solihull on bank holiday Monday can be found here.

For any urgent health concerns over the bank holiday weekend, residents should call 111 or visit

111 can direct you to the most appropriate place and even book you a time slot for a GP consultation if necessary. In life-threatening emergencies dial 999.

Please remember that A&E is there to deal with genuine life-threatening emergencies and treat those who are seriously unwell.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer at NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “With another bank holiday approaching, we’re reminding our patients to make sure they have the medication they need, so they can focus on enjoying the long weekend, instead of worrying because they’ve run out of their prescription.

“Please plan ahead and order any prescriptions as soon as possible, and if you do need medical help over the bank holiday weekend, know that your NHS is here for you, whether that’s at your local pharmacy helping you with a minor issue or via 111 for an urgent concern.”

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