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Pharmacy opening hours and medical support for the May bank holidays

It's a busy May, with a few bank holidays in the pipeline. The team at Healthwatch Reading would like to remind everyone to make sure their medicine cabinets are stocked up, and repeat prescriptions are ordered in time for the following dates:

  • Monday 1st May: May Day bank holiday

  • Saturday 6th May: Coronation of King Charles III

  • Monday 8th May: Bank holiday for the Coronation of King Charles III

  • Monday 29th May: Spring bank holiday

During the bank holidays, please call your chosen pharmacy before visiting to ensure they are open and have the medication you need. Local pharmacy opening hours are below:


Get medical help with NHS 111

NHS 111 can also be used for less-urgent health concerns to get advice and information based on their individual specific symptoms.

The service is available 24 hours a day, including weekends and bank holidays, and can be reached online at 111.nhs.uk or over the phone by calling 119.


Reading Urgent Care Centre

You can visit the the Urgent Care Centre for quick and easy access to healthcare if you have an urgent medical need and treatment for minor illnesses. Please note the centre can not treat injuries.


The centre is open 8am-8pm 7 days a week, including bank holidays.

Address: 1st Floor, 103-105 Broad Street Mall, Reading, RG1 7QA

More information, please visit the website here.


In an emergency

People experiencing a genuine, life-threatening health emergency, such as heavy bleeding, significant chest pain or loss of consciousness should seek help straight away by calling 999 or by visiting the nearest hospital emergency department.


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