Patients are being urged to get organised ahead of the spring bank holiday on Monday 25 May, collect prescriptions in advance and to consider self-care for minor, short term conditions.

There are a range of services and options available over the bank holiday with some community pharmacies open. Please remember to follow the national social distancing guidance if you need to visit your pharmacy – it’s still very important for you to stay at home as much as possible and only leave your home if you need to, for example to get medicine.

You could telephone your pharmacy in the first instance – the pharmacist can offer expert health advice for a range of minor, short term conditions such as colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. If the pharmacist recommends an over-the-counter medicine then patients are advised only to visit the pharmacy to collect that.

GP surgeries will be closed on Monday 25 May, however if you do require an appointment then the GP extended working hours is available. The service allows for additional GP appointments to be made on weekends, into the evenings until 8pm and even on the spring bank holiday. Patients are advised to contact their own surgery for availability, the appointments will be at one of our three hub practices across the borough, and may not be with your usual doctor.

If you or a member of your household is displaying symptoms of coronavirus, you can get the latest NHS information and advice here. Check if you have coronavirus symptoms and where to get medical advice if you think you have them here.

Dr. Jeffrey Schryer, Chair of NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GP said: “Keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet and a well-prepared first aid kit at home can help you deal with the most common illnesses and minor injuries at home. A pharmacist can offer advice and guidance about over-the-counter medicines to help with symptoms.

“Whilst self-care is generally the best option for minor, short term conditions, 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 possible treatment in the quickest time for their condition.”

Choosing the right service:

  • NHS website – your complete guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments, including what to do and when to get help.
  • NHS 111 (dial 111) can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. You can also access NHS 111 online.
  • Your local community pharmacy can help with lots of everyday ailments, pharmacists are experts about medicines. See the table below for pharmacies open on the bank holiday (Monday 25th May)*.
  • GP practice services will be limited on bank holiday Monday. Through Bury’s extended working hours service appointments will be available over the weekend and bank holiday Monday from 8am until 6pm at three ‘hub’ locations across the borough. Appointments may not be with your usual GP. Patients should contact their GP practice first for availability.
  • A&E and 999 services should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.
Pharmacy Telephone number Opening times
Asda Pharmacy

Pilsworth Road, Pilsworth, Bury, BL9 8RS

0161 351 2510 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy

Riverside Retail Park, Pilkington Way, Radcliffe, M26 3DA

0161 724 2510 9am – 6pm
Asda Pharmacy

Spring Street, Bury, BL9 0RN

0161 447 8219 9am – 6pm
Pimhole Pharmacy

185 Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7BB

0161 761 1011 5pm-10pm
Tesco In-store Pharmacy

Peel Way, Bury, BL9 5BY

0345 677 9080 9am – 6pm
Tesco In-store Pharmacy

Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 7BL

0345 677 9552 9am – 6pm

32-36 The Mall, Bury, BL9 0QQ

0161 764 5264 8.45am –  5.30pm

Unit 1 Woodfields Retail Park, Peel Way, Bury, BL9 5BY

0161 705 2846 10.30am –  6pm


* Pharmacies are open over the weekend (Saturday 23 May is a normal working day). Information correct at time of publication, please check availability before you travel.