Preparing for the bank holiday

Bank holiday services

During bank holidays some health services may be closed. So it’s a good idea to plan ahead at these times of the year.

Getting prepared 

Before all bank holidays make sure you pick up any prescriptions or order them for delivery so that you don’t run short whilst GP surgeries are closed.

Where can I go for help during bank holidays?

If you start to feel unwell, even if it is just a cough or cold, don’t wait until it gets worse. Seek advice and help from your local pharmacist. is also packed with trusted NHS advice about hundreds of health conditions and self care advice for managing minor conditions at home.

If you are unsure what to do, but it’s not a 999 emergency, you can also call NHS 111 for advice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – including bank holidays. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.

Want to see a health professional? NHS Walk in Centres can treat a wide range of minor illnesses and injuries and are open early till late, without the need for an appointment. You can find location and opening times for your nearest Walk-in Centre here.

Sexual Health

You can still get sexual health advice and treatment during bank holidays by calling: 0151 247 6500 or visiting:

NHS Dental

If you’re in pain and need emergency dental care during a bank holiday, you can get help by calling: 0161 476 9651.


The Careline service is the front door for all social care enquiries and referrals from both the public and professionals. They can help with all issues relating to children, adults, homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

You can contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling: 0151 233 3800.

Click here to find out more about Careline


Dial 999 or visit your nearest A&E department for life-threatening emergencies