On this page you can find bank holiday health advice as well as tips to help keep safe and well.


Bank Holiday Health Advice

There will be changes to opening times for some local healthcare services over the bank holiday, including closures on Monday 27 August. For protection against illness, people are asked to stock up on vital medicines and also check their local pharmacies ‘opening times’.

Over the bank holiday there are many ways you can receive treatment depending on your symptoms. These include self-care, expert opinions from pharmacies, online and telephone advice, and access to GP appointments 7 days a week or Rochdale Urgent Care Centre.



Pharmacists are qualified experts in the use of medicines, and can give advice on a range of common symptoms, medicines, healthy living and self-care. Pharmacists may be able to help people with skin conditions, coughs, colds, minor cuts and bruises and much more.

Pharmacies open on Monday 27 August are listed here.


GP Appointments

Some local GP appointments will be available at ‘extended hubs’ across the borough. Patients can book by contacting the Central Booking Service on 0161 763 8292. More details here.  


NHS Choices and NHS 111

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 here.

Call NHS 111 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for fast, free medical advice when it's not an emergency.


NHS 111 Online

People living in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale can now access urgent medical advice online at:

This new, free service provides health advice and signposting to urgent care services online, as a convenient digital alternative to using the NHS 111 telephone helpline.

After asking you to enter your postcode and symptoms, it will give you tailored advice on how to manage them, and/or generate a call back from a healthcare professional, if required.


Rochdale Urgent Care Centre

Rochdale Urgent Care Centre can assess and treat minor illnesses and injuries which are not serious enough to require a visit to A&E. No appointment needed. Details here.


NHS 111 NHS Choices
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