It’s almost time to speak the five sweetest words in the English Language: ‘four-day bank holiday weekend.’ I know, we’re jazzed about it too. Before we get there though we’ve got some handy info for you to help you make sure you’ve got everything you need to have a healthy Easter.

Opening times

Your GP practice and local pharmacy might have different opening hours over the bank holiday. Handily, there’s over 150 pharmacies dotted around Dorset, so chances are there’ll be one near you that’s available if you need one. There’s more information about pharmacies over at our services page, and you can find your nearest pharmacy and check if it’s open at NHS Choices.

Some GP surgeries will be offering extended practice hours outside of their usual opening times, either in the morning or the evening. Give your surgery a ring or visit their website to check their opening hours over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Get your meds in order

Before the weekend make sure your cabinet is stocked up with self-help medicines like paracetamol and indigestion tablets, y’know, in case you’re planning on a diet of solely chocolate and hot crossed buns (please don’t do that by the way, make sure you get some veggies in your bod, I beg of you!)

Not sure what sort of stuff you should keep in the house? Ask your pharmacist and they’ll be able to tell you what’s good to keep around, such as a first aid kit, and what should go in it.

If you take regular prescription medicines, make sure you’re all set before the long weekend to get you through. It can take a couple of days to get your prescription sorted and ready for you, so if you’re running low in the run-up to the weekend give yourself and your pharmacy enough time to get you stocked up beforehand. That’s also important to remember if you’re going away.

Aw beans, I didn’t do that thing you said to do and now I’ve run out

That’s okay – give your usual GP practice a ring as soon as you can (check when they’re open) and they’ll be able to give you some advice. NHS 111 and Emergency Departments (A&E) can’t help with prescription medicines, so your best bet is your GP practice.

Remember you’ve always got access to services like your local urgent care service and 999 if you need them, but Bank Holidays tend to put the NHS under pressure, so don’t be rocking up at A&E with stuff like chocolate-induced stomach aches. Take a look at our services page for more info on when you should access NHS services. If you’re not sure where you should go you can always call NHS 111 for advice.

And we were serious about the vegetables.