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What to do if you’re unwell over the June bank holiday


Some of your usual NHS services will be closed or running reduced hours from Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June as the country marks a four-day bank holiday weekend in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. However, there are still options if you are unwell and need support.

NHS 111

NHS 111 will continue to operate 24/7 during the bank holidays. You can call them for free on 111, or visit www.111.nhs.uk. They will offer advice and information, and help you find the right service for your needs.

Your local pharmacy

Although many local pharmacies will be closed during the bank holiday, there are several pharmacies in Brent that you can visit if you want to speak to a pharmacist about your health concerns. A list of which pharmacies will be open in London, their opening hours, and their contact details is available here.

Your GP

Most GPs operate reduced opening hours during bank holiday weekends, so it may not be possible to get an appointment. If you need healthcare from 2 – 5 June and your GP is closed, try one of the alternative options shared above.

Plan ahead to protect your health

The medical director for the NHS in London, Dr Chris Streather, has called on local people to plan ahead by ensuring that you have any medications you need. He said:

“The Jubilee weekend is an exciting time for Londoners, with many local celebrations taking place. Frontline NHS staff across the capital will be working hard and we anticipate emergency services to be busier than usual.

“Collect any repeat prescriptions early and ensure you have enough medication to last the long weekend. By planning in advance, you will be protecting yourself and reducing pressures on emergency services.” 

Healthwatch Brent

Healthwatch will be closed from 2-5 June. If you wish to contact us, email info@healthwatchbrent.co.uk or call 020 3869 9730 and leave a message. Somebody will get back to you when the office reopens on Monday 6 June.