Use the right health services on the early May bank holiday

We hope you enjoy a safe bank holiday Monday. As GP surgeries and some pharmacies will be closed for the bank holiday, people need to know where to go if they do become unwell – including not going to A&E unless it is a real emergency.

GP surgeries will be closed during the bank holiday on Monday 3 May but many minor illnesses, ailments and injuries can be treated at home. Coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.

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You can get everything you need as well as expert advice from your local pharmacy. Many of the pharmacies will be closed over the bank holiday weekend, so make sure you collect any items you need, along with repeat prescriptions, ahead of the weekend.

Take a look at the opening times for pharmacies across Morecambe Bay for the early May bank holiday:

Monday 3 May 2021

Boots Morecambe - 4 Royalty Mall, Arndale Centre, Morecambe LA4 5DH (11:00 - 16:00)
Boots Lancaster - 14-16 Lancaster Gate, St Nicholas Arcades, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1NB (10:30-16:30)
Asda Lancaster - Ovangle Road, Lancaster LA1 5JR (09:00-18:00)
Boots UK Limited Barrow - 15-17 Portland Walk, Barrow-In-Furness LA14 1DB (11:00-16:00)
Asda Barrow - Walney Road, Barrow-In-Furness LA14 5UG (09:00-18:00)
Tesco Instore Barrow - Corner House Park, Hindpool Road, Barrow-In-Furness LA14 2NE (09:00-18:00)
Boots UK Limited Kendal - Unit 10, Elephant Yard, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4PU (10:30-16:30)
Asda Kendal - Burton Road, Kendal LA9 7JA (09:00-08:00)
Boots UK Limited Ambleside - Units 8-9, Market Cross, Ambleside LA22 9BT (10:30-16:30)
Grasmere Pharmacy - 1 Oakbank, Broadgate, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TA (09:00-17:30)
Collins and Butterworth Limited Hawkshead - The Pharmacy, Main Street, Hawkshead, Ambleside LA22 0NS (09:00-17:00)
Boots UK Limited Windermere - 10-12 Crescent Road, Windermere LA23 1EA (10:00-16:00)
Lloyds Pharmacy at Sainsburys - Morecambe Christie Park, Lancaster Road, Morecambe LA4 5TJ (10:00-16:00)

NHS 111

For anything more serious, that doesn’t require a 999 response, people are urged to contact NHS 111 by phone or online ( first. The service has been expanded during the pandemic and is now the best way to access urgent care services.

The trained call handlers will be able to direct you to the right service for your needs including a number of hospital specialities. If you do need to go to hospital or to an urgent treatment centre, the system in place will notify the service so you are expected and you will get a timed appointment.

If there is a life-threatening emergency, you should call 999.

Mental health services

If you are feeling anxious, depressed or simply need some to talk to, help is there.

You can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on freephone 116 123.

Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust’s [LSCFT] wellbeing and mental health line is a freephone, out of hours service for people requiring support in relation to their own mental health or someone they know. The service is available on 0800 915 4640 (Monday-Friday 7-11pm, Saturday-Sunday 12pm-12am).

LSCFT’s crisis line is also available 24 hours a day, every day of the year if you need urgent help on 0800 953 0110. People who prefer text communications can text HELLO to 07860 022846.

Find out more about support available: Lancashire and South Cumbria mental health support [opens in new window].