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Pharmacy opening times and healthcare advice over the Easter Bank Holiday

Residents of Berkshire West are being advised on how they can access healthcare and advice over the Easter Bank Holiday (Good Friday, 19 April to Easter Monday, 22 April).

GP practices across Reading, Wokingham and Newbury will continue to operate a normal service until and including, Thursday 18 April. Patients should ensure that they have sufficient medication to cover them over the holiday period and that any request for repeat prescriptions are ideally made by Tuesday 16 April.

GP practices will be closed on Friday 19 April - Monday 22nd April; although there will be some ‘Extended hours' appointments available on these days for pre-booked appointments only. Please check with your local practice for details. Urgent medical advice throughout the periods when practices are closed should be via NHS 111 or in the case of a life threatening emergency only, via 999.

GP Practices will resume their normal opening hours from Tuesday 23 April.

Urgent Care facilities will be open throughout the Easter Bank Holiday period with walk-in services available for people at West Berkshire Minor Injuries Unit (located at the Community Hospital) and the Reading Walk-in Centre, Broad Street Mall. Please check their websites for opening hours.

People may also seek medical advice from their local pharmacies, some of which will be operating on restricted opening hours between Friday 19 April and Monday 22 April. It is recommended that a small ‘first aid’ box and a supply of basic medication i.e. pain relief for adults and children etc. should be in place to support self-care throughout the year.

The pharmacy opening times for the Easter Bank Holiday are available here.

Call NHS 111 free, 24 hours a day 7 days a week for advice or if you're unsure which service you need. You will be able to speak to a health care professional who can give you advice and advise the right service for you.

To help ensure the NHS delivers an effective service for all over the Easter period, people should only visit A&E or call 999 for major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.