London’s NHS calls on Londoners to anticipate their health care needs for the bank holiday weekend

London’s top NHS doctor, Dr Jane Fryer, is encouraging patients in the capital to prepare for their health ahead of the bank holiday. Ensuring medicines and repeat prescriptions are ordered and collected early can be essential, as some GPs and pharmacies will be closed or working reduced hours over the long weekend.

Dr Jane Fryer, acting medical director of the NHS in London, said:

“This bank holiday, be prepared by collecting all prescriptions before the weekend, ensuring you have enough medication to last, as emergency services can usually be busier than usual.

“Covid-19 vaccinations will take place at local centers and clinics, so book your appointment early if you plan to get a vaccine, booster or spring booster if you are eligible, or if you are booking a vaccination for your little ones aged 5 to 11 years old.

A list of pharmacies that will be open on public holidays on Monday can be found here. You can also check the weekend opening hours of your local pharmacies at, which are updated regularly.

If you need urgent medical or dental advice or treatment, contact your GP or use the NHS 111 online service here, to receive prompt advice and be directed to the best care route for you.

Taking simple steps to reduce Covid-19 infections is always recommended to protect those most at risk. You can:

Get vaccinated: book your Covid-19 vaccine or booster via the national booking system or visit a Covid-19 vaccination site without an appointment.
Let fresh air in if you meet other people inside
Wash your hands regularly
Wear a face covering in crowded spaces

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