A small number of pharmacies are closed on Bank Holiday Monday (29th August) however many are open. The NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group’s website http://www.coventryrugbyccg.nhs.uk/Home has detailed information about which pharmacies will be open.

Bank Holiday weekends can also mean that A&E could be a particularly busy. If you are feeling unwell and it is not an emergency, call 111. The NHS 111 service is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week free telephone service with a trained health professional taking your call with support from registered nurses available.

The NHS 111 service can also offer health advice as well as direct you to the best and possibly quickest health service for your treatment.

A pharmacist is a qualified health professional and may also be able to help with your health needs over the long weekend while some of the other health services are busy with patients suffering more serious illnesses or injuries. Your local pharmacist can also offer advice and medicines for a range of minor ailments.

Ensure you stock up on general medication such as pain killers, cold/ flu medications as well as hay fever medication to help you if necessary during the holiday weekend. Over-the-counter medications are often the best option for minor complaints such as headaches and upset stomachs and pain relief.

For further health advice, visit the NHS Choices website at http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx