Getting Help over the May Bank Holidays

With the May Bank Holidays approaching, some local services may be closed or reduced. But your health does not take days off, so find out where you can get help if you need it.


Need to see a Doctor or a Dentist? NHS 111 can help

While GP Practices will be closed on Monday, 6th May 2024 (Early May Bank Holiday) and Monday, 27th May 2024 (Spring Bank Holiday), you can still call NHS111 if you need urgent help or advice. NHS111 will remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also access NHS111 online at or using the NHS App.


Emergency Care

Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments assess and treat patients with life-threatening serious injuries or illnesses. You should visit A&E or call 999 for life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • persistent, severe chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.

If you need an ambulance, call 999. 

Major A&E Departments offer access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

A list of local A&E Departments follows below:


Experiencing a mental health problem?

NHS 111 is now able to offer help and advice for mental health issues as well. If you need urgent support for your mental health or are experiencing a mental health crisis, then you can call the crisis line on 0800 0234 650.

The Samaritans hotline is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you need to talk to someone at any point over the holidays, please call 116 123, from any phone for FREE.


Pharmacy First 

For help and advice regarding any minor health concerns over the holidays, you can speak to a Pharmacist in a local community pharmacy. A number of pharmacies around Central and West London will be open for a few hours over the Easter Bank Holidays, and may be able to offer you advice and medication that will help.

Check below for a list of community pharmacies that will be open over the Bank Holidays in May:


Pharmacy Name




May Day, 6th May 2024  

Spring Bank Holiday, 27th May 2024

Westminster Keencare Pharmacy - Victoria

6 Lower Belrave Street

SW1W 0LJ 020 7730 8747 12:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 16:00
Westminster Vineyard Pharmacy 241 Elgin Avenue W9 1NJ 020 7624 2947 10:00 - 14:00 10:00 - 14:00
Kensington & Chelsea Medicine Chest 413-415 King's Road SW10 0LR 020 7351 1142 14:00 - 18:00 14:00 - 18:00
Kensington & Chelsea Golborne Pharmacy 106 Golborne Road W10 5PS 020 8969 8741 10:00 - 14:00 10:00 - 14:00
Hammersmith & Fulham Fulham Pharmacy 608 Fulham Road SW6 5RP 020 7736 4126 10:00 - 14:00 10:00 - 14:00
Hammersmith & Fulham Marcus Jones Pharmacy 96 Old Oak Common Lane W3 7DA 020 8743 3674 12:00 - 16:00 12:00 - 16:00

If the pharmacy you would like to visit is not listed here, please check its opening hours by searching or by calling NHS 111.



Published: Apr 29, 2024