Easter Bank Holidays.

This year, Good Friday falls on 30 March so patients need to start thinking about whether they have enough medicine to see them through the long weekend.

 

Sarah Vaux, Chief Nurse at Medway Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for planning and buying local NHS services, said: “Patients should be checking what they have at home and reordering only the items they need in good time before the break. Pharmacies will have reduced opening hours over Easter and most GP practices require at least 48 hours to process prescription requests, so it is best to submit them sooner rather than later.”

On Friday 30 March (Good Friday), the following pharmacies are open:

  • Boots the Chemists, 30-34 The Pentgon, Chatham, open from 8am to 6pm
  • Boots the Chemists, 5 Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, open from 9am to 6pm
  • LloydsPharmacy, 10-14 Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, open from 10am to 4pm
  • Medway Pharmacy, 465 Canterbury St, Gillingham, open from 8am to 10pm
  • Tesco Instore Pharmacy, Courtney Rd, Gillingham, open from 8am to 10.30pm
  • Asda Store Pharmacy, 387 Maidstone Rd, Chatham, open from 9am to 6pm
  • Boots the Chemists, 19-21 Rainham Shopping Centre, Gillingham, open from 8.45 to 6.30pm
  • Boots the Chemists, 125-127 High St, Gillingham, open from 9.30am to 5pm
  • Boots the Chemists, 83 High St, Strood, open from 9am to 5.30pm
  • Tesco Instore Pharmacy, 3 Cuxton Rd, Strood, open from 8am to 8pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Neighbourhood Centre, Walderslade, open from 10am to 4pm

All pharmacies in Medway will be open as usual on Saturday 31 March.

On Sunday 1 April (Easter Sunday), the following pharmacies are open:

  • Karsons Pharmacy, 33 Pattens Lane, Chatham, open from 10.30am to 2.30pm
  • Medway Pharmacy, 465 Canterbury St, Gillingham, open from 8am to 10pm
  • Karsons Pharmacy, 69-71 City Way, Rochester, open from 10.30am to 2.30pm

On Monday 2 April (Easter Monday), the following pharmacies are open:

  • Boots the Chemists, 30-34 The Pentgon, Chatham, open from 8am to 4pm
  • Boots the Chemists, 5 Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, open from 9am to 5pm
  • LloydsPharmacy, 10-14 Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, open from 10am to 4pm
  • Medway Pharmacy, 465 Canterbury St, Gillingham, open from 8am to 10pm
  • Tesco Instore Pharmacy, Courtney Rd, Gillingham, open from 9am to 6pm
  • Asda Store Pharmacy, 387 Maidstone Rd, Chatham, open from 9am to 6pm
  • Tesco Instore Pharmacy, 3 Cuxton Rd, Strood, open from 9am to 6pm
  • Morrisons Pharmacy, Neighbourhood Centre, Walderslade, open from 10am to 4pm

If patients are unwell and not able to access their GP surgery over the Bank Holiday weekend, there are many other options.

Speak to a pharmacist

Your local pharmacy is a good place to start if you have a minor ailment such as a headache, cough or sore throat. Pharmacists are medically trained and can give you expert advice on medicines and how they work, as well as help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.

Call 111

Trained call handlers will assess your symptoms, offer advice and if necessary, put you directly in touch with the people who can help; for example, an out-of-hours doctor, a district nurse or an emergency dentist – or it may be something as simple as a 24-hour pharmacy.

Health Help Now

The free Health Help Now website and app enables you to check your symptoms and search for local health services in Kent and Medway. As well as recommending options for treatment, it provides opening hours of pharmacies and walk-in centres, and provides maps and directions.

Visit http://kent.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk/ or the app store on your device. Further healthcare advice is also available at www.nhs.uk/staywell.

Walk-in centre

Balmoral Gardens Healthy Living Centre in Gillingham is open as usual from 8am to 8pm throughout the weekend. Patients can wait to see a GP or nurse without an appointment.