Get to know where to go

Get to Know Where To Go
Get to Know Where To Go

Spring can be a busy time of year. With longer days, lots of bank holidays and better weather – even in Greater Manchester – there’s lots to do. But bank holidays often mean that health services come under more pressure so it’s important to be prepared. Get to know where to go and you can find the help you need quicker – and that means more time for bank holiday fun.

If you take regular medicines on repeat prescription, it’s a good idea to check how much you have at home. If you need to order more, put your request in at least two weeks before you expect to run out of a particular medicine, to avoid any complications or delays. Every bank holiday, NHS 111 sees huge increases in people getting in touch because they’ve run out of a prescription medicine. By being prepared you can save yourself time and ensure
NHS 111 is there for those who really need it.
Your local pharmacy can give expert advice on minor illnesses, including over the counter medicines. For some conditions they can now issue prescription medicine if needed – without a GP appointment. For more information, go to the How Pharmacies Can Help page on the NHS website. Many pharmacies will still open over the bank holiday but there are likely to be changes to opening hours. Head to the Greater Manchester Bank
Holiday Pharmacy Opening Hours page on the NHS GM website more details.

If you have pain in your mouth, teeth or gums, call the Greater Manchester dental helpline (0333 332 3800), which is available from 8am to 10pm every day, including weekends and bank holidays for those who need help urgently when their dental practice is closed, or do not have a regular dentist.

Greater Manchester’s Urgent Eye Care Service can provide help quickly if you have a sudden change in vision, red or painful eyes or new flashes or floaters. The service is available throughout the week – including evenings and weekends. Go to to find an optician that is part of the service. This is not a walk-in service so always call first.

For mental health crisis support there are free 24/7 helplines covering Greater Manchester. For Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Wigan residents, call 0800 953 0285. For Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop the number is 0800 014 9995.
If you’re not sure what to do, NHS 111 can help – go online at or call 111.