GP practices and pharmacies across the areas we cover will be providing services over the early May Bank Holiday weekend.

This year the early May Bank Holiday is on Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. But anyone feeling unwell on this day can still seek help from their GP surgery.

Arrangements will differ for each surgery, so if patients need to speak to a GP they are advised to visit their practice website for specific opening hours and contact details. The surgery’s voicemail will advise callers what to do if they can’t get through.

If anyone is concerned that they may have COVID-19 symptoms, they should not visit a health setting. Instead they should use the NHS 111 online service in the first instance 111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19 to check out their symptoms and get advice and information about what to do next.

Patients should only ring NHS111 if they are unable to manage their Coronavirus symptoms, have been instructed to do so or do not have access to the internet. This will allow the NHS111 telephone service to help those who need them most