Accessing Black Country NHS services this bank holiday

Ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend, people in the Black Country are being reminded how to access NHS health services.

Due to the bank holidays, some services such as GP surgeries and pharmacies may be closed or working on a reduced service. Selected pharmacies will still be available for prescriptions, non-urgent medical advice, and treatment of common ailments.

A full list of Black Country pharmacies and opening times can be found on the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board website.

People who need medical help that isn’t an emergency should contact NHS 111 in the first instance by visiting or by calling 111. NHS 111 can help direct people to the most appropriate local health service if they aren’t sure where to go – this could include an out of hours GP, a pharmacy, a local NHS walk-in centre, or a hospital accident & emergency (A&E) department.

Dr Ananta Dave, Chief Medical Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “We know that sometimes patients are unsure about what to do if they become unwell during a bank holiday weekend when their GP practice is closed, but we want to let people know that NHS help is still available when you need it.

“If you need medical help over the long weekend, contact NHS 111 in the first instance and they will direct you to the most appropriate service for advice or treatment. As well as being treated more quickly, this will ensure A&E departments can focus on treating people with serious and life-threatening conditions.

“A number of pharmacies will be open over the Easter weekend and should be your first port of call for any minor illnesses. Local community pharmacists can provide free health advice to support you to self-care and no appointment is necessary. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give expert help on everyday illnesses and answer questions about prescribed and over the counter medicines.

“Choosing the right service not only means you receive the treatment you require, but also helps reduce pressure on urgent care teams, allowing them to focus on those who need them most.”

A&E departments and 999 are there to treat the most serious and life-threatening conditions.


Add a comment

Rating *

Recently Played


  • Available on the App Store
  • Available on Google Play

Useful Links


Travel News

How To Listen

Latest Podcasts

92.2 / 102.5 FM
'Play Black Country Radio'