NHS calls for Londoners to collect prescriptions ahead of the bank holiday for an egg-stra relaxing Easter weekend


The NHS in London’s top doctor, Dr Jane Fryer, is urging patients to order and collect any repeat prescriptions or medication early, ahead of the Easter bank holiday, when some GP practices and pharmacies will be closed or working reduced hours.

Dr Jane Fryer, Acting Medical Director for the NHS in London, said: “As you get ready for the bank holiday weekend, ensure your health is still front of mind. It’s important to plan ahead for any known health conditions and ensure that yourself, your family or anyone you provide care for have enough medication to last the long weekend, as we expect emergency services will be busy.

Should you require more urgent medical assistance, you should still contact 111 to speak to a fully trained advisor and get the support needed through this 24 hour a day service that will continue over the Easter period.”

For minor medical problems, a list of pharmacies that are open over the weekend can be found here, and the opening hours of local pharmacies can be found at nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy which is updated regularly.

If you need advice or urgent medical or dental assistance over the Easter break, contact 111, where you can be connected to a nurse, GP or emergency dentist and be directed to the best route of care for you.

Taking precautions against Covid-19 is still recommended – by taking simple steps to reduce infections you can protect those at highest risk:

Get vaccinated: book your Covid-19 jab or booster before the Easter weekend via the National Booking System or visit a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination site.
Let fresh air in if meeting other people indoors
Wash your hands regularly
Wear a face covering in crowded spaces