Patients are being urged to be prepared in advance of the Summer Bank Holiday on Monday 28th August, to request repeat prescriptions in advance and be aware of service availability.

Some pharmacies will be open on the Bank Holiday. Pharmacists offer expert health advice and can recommend over-the-counter medicines that offer relief from the most common illnesses such as diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, bites and stings.  Pharmacists are experts on medicines, they sell the full range of items for your medicine cabinet and no appointment is needed.  Patients are advised to telephone their community pharmacy before travelling, as opening hours may vary on the Bank Holiday. Opening times correct at the time of publication are as follows:

Pharmacy Telephone number Opening times – 28th August
Asda – Pilsworth Industrial Estate, Pilsworth Road, Bury, BL9 8RS 0161 351 2510 9am – 6pm
Asda – Spring Street, Bury, BL9 0RN 0161 447 8219 9am – 6pm
Asda – Riverside Retail Park, Pilkington Way, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 3DA 0161 724 2510 9am – 6pm
Boots – Unit 1, Woodfields Retail Park, Bury, BL9 5BY 0161 764 2854 11am – 5pm
Tesco – Woodfield Retail Park, Peel Way, Bury, BL9 5BY 0161 602 8910 9am – 6pm
Tesco – Bury New Road, Prestwich, M25 3TG 0161 602 8929 10am – 4pm

The NHS Choices website
provides online advice and information about caring for you and your family, as well as information on services available locally.

You can also access health advice on the phone when it’s not an emergency, 24 hours a day, by dialing 111 (NHS 111 service).  Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

In addition, Bury and Prestwich nurse led Walk-in Centres will be open to treat those who need urgent care for minor injuries and illnesses. The walk-in Centres are open seven days a week with the Bury service open from 7am until 3pm every day; and the Prestwich service open from 12noon until 8pm every day. The last check in at each Walk-in Centre is 30 minutes prior to closing to allow staff to effectively and appropriately assess people.

GP Practices will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, however, some appointments will be available to book through the extended working hours project.  Through this service, appointments are made available on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 8am until 6pm, at three locations.  Patients are advised to contact their own GP practice for more information on availability.

Accident and Emergency departments and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.

Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Whilst self care is generally the best option for minor ailments, it is important that local people know where to go or who to contact if they are unwell, so that they can receive the best treatment to meet their needs in the shortest possible time.”


Date: 17th August 2017

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