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Get prepared for August bank holiday

With the bank holiday fast approaching - GP's in Merton  are reminding local people to  plan ahead for repeat prescriptions over the August bank holiday as many GPs and pharmacies in the area may be closed or have reduced opening hours. The bank holiday falls on 29th August 2016. View the local bank holiday pharmacy opening times below.

If you or someone you care for requires medicines regularly, make sure you order and collect repeat prescriptions in good time to ensure you have enough medicine to last over the holiday period.

If you do need health advice this bank holiday weekend, there are lots of options. NHS Choices has lots of help about local services and advice about common illnesses. You can also call 111 for more urgent but not life-threatening matters and if needed direct you to out of hours GPs.

If you need to use NHS services over the bank holiday, using the right one can ensure that you get the fastest, most appropriate treatment.

Whilst many people automatically head to A&E when something goes wrong, this is usually not the best option, particularly for minor problems such as coughs, colds, strains and sprains.

A&E is for serious accidents and emergencies.  If you've sprained your ankle, cut your finger or are suffering with a cough, you will get faster and more appropriate advice elsewhere.

What other NHS services are available to Merton residents:

  • Health Help Now – You can use Merton’s innovative website and app ‘Health help Now’ to help you find the right healthcare over the bank holiday weekend, should you or your family need help. By directin​g you to the most appropriate service, and even telling you which pharmacies are open over the bank holiday, the new service can help you avoid an unnecessary trip to A&E.  Health Help Now can be found online at ​and for download at the App Store and Google Play​.​

  • Self-care – you can treat minor ailments such as coughs and colds, grazes and hangovers at home or visit your local pharmacy.
  • Pharmacies – your local pharmacist is qualified to offer advice on health issues and medication as well as treat headaches, an upset stomach and other common illnesses.  You can find more information about pharmacy opening hours in your area over the long weekend here.
  • NHS 111 – NHS 111 is a free phone service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers a one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms
  • NHS Walk in Centre at the Wilson Health Centre, Mitcham with no appointment needed. You don't need to be registered. The Centre provides walk-in services from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, all year round. Go to the Wilson Health Centre website to find out more about the walk-in GP services it provides.
    To contact the centre call 020 3458 5100 or email
  • GP out-of-hours service – If you need to see a doctor when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services are available on the usual surgery number and are staffed by local doctors and nurses who can offer advice or, if necessary, treatment at home or in a local health centre.
Practice nameAddressPost CodeMonday 29th August 16
Open/ClosedOpening TimeClosing Time
A P Chemist41 Colliers Wood High StreetSW19 2JEOpen10:00 AM6:00 PM
Barkers Chemist80 Coombe LaneSW20 0AXOpen8:30 AM11:00 PM
Boots the ChemistUnit 9, Tandem Retail ParkSW19 2TYOpen10:00 AM7:00 PM
Boots the Chemist121 Centre Court Shopping Centre, 4 Queens RoadSW19 8YEOpen10:00 AM6:00 PM
Sainsburys Savacentre1 Merton High StreetSW19 1DDOpen9:00 AM6:00 PM​