Bank holiday – which pharmacies will be open?

The August bank holiday weekend is nearly here which could spell three days of visiting family, having a go at some DIY or going out and about in the local area.

The NHS wants to remind people that a network of pharmacies will be open over the bank holiday weekend and can help you with any minor incident or illness.

In recent years the range of treatment and advice available at pharmacies has increased hugely.

They can help people cope with many common health concerns, provide advice and guidance on what over-the-counter medicines to use, as well as supplying prescribed medicines.

This year the August bank holiday falls on Monday 26 August – and the Victorious Festival takes place in the weekend running up to it.

The popular event pulls in thousands of people into Portsmouth and so for both residents and festival-goers it’s important to know where you can go for help quickly.

Dr Elizabeth Fellows, chair and clinical executive at Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As well as the long weekend, we also have the Victorious Festival taking place during the last weekend in August.

“Whether you’re heading down to the festival or keeping busy with other plans, we want to ensure you stay safe and know where to go should you need healthcare help.

“There will be a medical tent at the festival and staff have been trained to provide emotional and mental health support.

“A raft of pharmacies will be open across the Portsmouth and south east Hampshire area, you can visit a walk-in centre or call NHS111.

“It’s also important you plan ahead and check your medicine supplies to ensure you have enough to last throughout the weekend and beyond.”

Bank holiday opening times for pharmacies in Portsmouth are now available here.