NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (HMR CCG) is advising the people of Rochdale borough to plan ahead and know where to go for appropriate medical advice and treatment over the bank holiday weekends in May.

There will be changes to opening times for local healthcare services over the bank holiday weekends, including some closures on Monday 7 May and Monday 28 May. For protection against illness, local residents are advised to take practical steps which include checking local pharmacy opening hours, stocking up on over the counter remedies and picking up repeat prescriptions.

Your local pharmacist is the first place to go to for fast and convenient clinical advice or over the counter medicines to treat minor health concerns such as sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles, teething and aches and pains - no appointment needed. They can also refer patients to further professional help where necessary.

The full list of HMR pharmacies that will be open on Monday 7 May and Monday 28 May can be viewed here. Patients are advised to telephone their usual pharmacy before travelling.

GP and nurse appointments are also available at the ‘extended hours hubs’ across the borough. Patients can book in advance by ringing the central booking service on 0161 763 8292.  For more information, click here.

NHS Choices is a dedicated website where you can find up-to-date and expert advice on a range of illnesses and complaints, as well as find your nearest NHS services, such as GPs, dentists and pharmacists. Visit NHS Choices at

The NHS 111 service is available for people who urgently need medical help or advice, but don’t have a 999 emergency.

Dr Chris Duffy, local GP and HMR CCG Chair, said: “Don’t let ill health ruin your bank holiday weekends – there are many ways that you can access medical care and advice depending on your symptoms.

“Many minor ailments can be treated quickly and easily by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet. However, when medical care and advice is needed it’s important that people know where to go for help.

“By choosing the right service, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time - whilst keeping emergency health services available for emergencies and life threatening conditions.”

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