Where to go if you need medical help this Easter Bank Holiday


If you or someone in your family need medical help during the Easter Bank Holiday (Good Friday 29 March – Easter Monday 1 April), local healthcare services are available to help you.

Visit a pharmacy for expert advice

Pharmacists can help you and your family with minor health concerns. They can offer expert advice and over-the-counter medication to help treat conditions such as colds, coughs, headaches, aches and pains or an upset stomach.

A list of pharmacies in Hampshire (including Southampton and Portsmouth) can be found here

Please note the different dates and opening times, as they vary. Details are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change and therefore you are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to ensure they are open and have the medication you need.

Along with minor illness advice and over the counter medicines, all pharmacies in Portsmouth are now able to treat the following seven conditions: shingles, sore throats, infected insect bites, earaches, sinusitis, impetigo, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTI).

Further information about the Pharmacy First scheme can be found here.

For minor injuries, go to a UTC

Urgent Treatment Centres offer treatment for a range of minor illnesses and injuries – including cuts and grazes, minor head and eye wounds, sprains and strains, bites and stings, and breaks to arms, lower legs and feet.

UTCs are open every day, including bank holidays.

Our local UTCs are:

  • St Mary’s Health Campus, Portsmouth (PO3 6DW), open every day 8am-8pm
  • Petersfield Hospital (GU32 3LB), open every day 8am-8pm
  • Gosport War Memorial Hospital (PO12 3PW), open everyday 8am-10pm

Not sure where to go? Contact 111

If you need urgent medical help that isn’t an emergency and you’re not sure where to go, call 111 or visit https://111.nhs.uk/.

Trained staff can offer advice on your symptoms and direct you to the right service. If needed, they can book you an appointment at the Emergency Department which can help save time.

Advice for children and young people

It can be extremely stressful when your child is unwell. The Wessex Healthier Together website offers advice and clinical resources for parents, carers, young people, and pregnant women.

Urgent and emergency care services support patients in receiving the right care, by the right person, as quickly as possible. Find out more about urgent and emergency care in Portsmouth.