How to get the right care in the right place over May bank holiday

Date Released - 26/04/2022

Healthcare leaders are sharing advice for getting the right care in the right place for the help you need in Tameside and Glossop on bank holiday Monday 2 May should you become unwell.

NHS 111

People who need urgent NHS care, but it is not a 999 emergency, are advised to contact NHS 111 online first, or call 111 which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.

Drs Ashwin Ramachandra and Asad Ali, co-chairs at NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Although there are changes to some healthcare services over the bank holiday, if you’re feeling unwell there is plenty of help and advice available from NHS 111.

“We would advise you to ‘think 111 first’ and contact the team either by visiting 111.nhs.uk online to answer some questions about your condition, or by calling 111 over the phone.”

Planning ahead

Opening times for services such as pharmacies, walk-in centres and GP practices may change over the bank holiday, so residents are advised to plan ahead to make sure they know where to go for help.

Healthcare leaders are also urging residents to make sure they have enough supply of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early, and getting their medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials.

Anyone who relies on medication for long-term conditions should not leave it too late to order their repeat prescriptions before the bank holiday weekend.  Pharmacies may change their opening hours so it’s best to be prepared.

Pharmacists are also there to help with common ailments should anyone need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help people get the right medications for everyday illnesses.

May bank holiday pharmacy opening times

A number of pharmacies are open on bank holiday Monday 2 May. Residents are advised to check the opening times in the link below and to call their local pharmacy before travelling, just to make sure nothing has changed and that they are still open.

You can view the pharmacy times at: https://www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/coronavirus/pharmacyservices

For more information on getting the right care in the right place for your health condition go to: www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/rcrp.