We are advising people to make sure their first aid cabinets are well-stocked in time for the May bank holiday weekend.
Beacon Medical Group practices will be closed from 6.30pm Friday 26 May until 8am Tuesday 30 May and many pharmacies will be closed or have limited opening hours on bank holiday Monday 29 May.
Stocking up on plasters, painkillers, antiseptic cream, anti-diarrhoea tablets and more means you can deal with grazes and everyday aches and pains quickly at home, saving time and helping to ease pressure on local NHS services, especially hospital emergency departments.
Dr Jonathan Cope, managing partner at Beacon Medical Group, said: “We just want to remind people to make sure they have the basics at home so they don’t get caught out over the long weekend.
“Many minor illnesses and injuries can be treated quickly and easily at home if you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
“Being prepared means you can get on with making the most of the bank holiday weekend. If you do fall ill this weekend and you are unsure about what to do, you can phone the non-emergency telephone number 111 for advice.”
Pharmacy opening hours for Devon and Cornwall during the 2017 May bank holiday are available here: https://www.newdevonccg.nhs.uk/choose-the-right-nhs-service/pharmacy-101182
For opening times of Minor Injuries Units in and around Plymouth this Bank Holiday weekend, including the Cumberland Centre, South Hams Hospital and Tavistock Hospital please visit: http://livewellsouthwest.co.uk/services/miu
We wish you all a very happy and healthy Bank Holiday weekend.