NHS bosses are reminding people to think ahead of the bank holiday weekend.
If you are out shopping or stocking up online, check the opening hours of your local pharmacy and GP surgery as these often change over the long weekend.
Alternatively if you are getting ready for a day trip away, www.nhs.uk is an excellent place to start for general health advice, and information on local services.
Pharmacists are experts in medicines and minor illnesses, and are easily accessible with one open usually when you need it. They can advise on lots of health problems and tell you if something needs attention from your GP, or even your local hospital.
Full details of pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday are available at www.hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk
With the long weekend and changes in opening hours it is also important to make sure you don’t run out of medication. Order your repeat prescription as soon as possible, allowing around a week or so and check with your practice to see if they offer an online service.
If you do need urgent health help and it is not a life-threatening emergency, the NHS 111 number is free to call from all phones and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Dr Nicolas Small, local GP and chairman of Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We all want to enjoy May Bank Holiday but if you or someone you know feels unwell it is important to use the right NHS service.
“Using the emergency services when you don’t need them delays urgent help for others who are more seriously ill or injured and won’t get you the best treatment for your illness.”