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Local doctors are advising people not to fall into the trap of assuming – wrongly – that only A&E remains open over the bank holiday when in fact a network of pharmacies will be keeping their doors open across the Isle of Wight.

In recent years the range of treatment and advice available at pharmacies has increased hugely – they can help people cope with many common health concerns, as well as supplying prescribed medicines. Highly trained and experienced staff are on hand to help.

For minor health issues pharmacies should be the first port of call for expert health advice, especially over the bank holiday when most workplaces are closed.

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Dr Michele Legg, local GP and chair of the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“People tend to assume the best option for healthcare during a bank holiday is the emergency department, this of course is not the case. Depending on the nature of your illness, you can also call NHS111 or visit a pharmacist.

“As we approach the bank holiday, it’s also important you plan ahead and check your medicine supplies to ensure you have enough to last throughout the weekend and beyond. The period after the bank holiday is also very busy for NHS staff and you can help to ease the pressure, as well as saving yourself a lot of time and trouble, by checking you have enough medication”.

Bank Holiday Weekend Pharmacy Opening Times – August 2018

NameLocationTelephone NumberOpening Times
Niton PharmacyHigh Street, Niton01983 730240CLOSED
Day Lewis PharmacyCarisbrooke High Street, Carisbrooke01983 525216CLOSED
Day Lewis PharmacySandown Road, Lake01983 402050CLOSED
TescoBrading Road, Ryde0163359100509:00-18:00
Seaview PharmacyPier Road, Seaview01983 613116CLOSED
Lloyds PharmacyEsplanade, Ryde01983 563333CLOSED
Boots Local Pharmacy107 High Street, Sandown01983 403238CLOSED
Day Lewis PharmacyHigh Street, Wootton01983 882473CLOSED
Boots The ChemistsHigh Street, Newport01983 52259510:00-16:00
Gibbs & GurnellUnion Street, Ryde01983 562570CLOSED
Day Lewis PharmacyHigh Street, Newport01983 522346CLOSED
Boots Local PharmacyHigh Street, Bembridge01983 87232810:00-16:00
Regent PharmacyWell Road, East Cowes01983 717002CLOSED
Boots Local PharmacyTower House, Ryde01983 562156CLOSED
Boots The ChemistsHigh Street, Ventnor01983 85214710:00-16:00
Regent PharmacyRegent Street, Shanklin01983 863677CLOSED
Boots The ChemistsHigh Street, Ryde01983 56228010:00-16:00
Lloyds PharmacyEast Cowes Medical Centre, East Cowes01983 293133CLOSED
Lloyds Pharmacy in Sainsbury'sFoxes Road, Newport01983 27450110:00-16:00
Boots The Chemists15 High Street, Sandown01983 40389710:00-16:00
Boots Local PharmacyMoa Place, Freshwater01983 75272410:00-16:00
Jhoots PharmacySandown Medical Centre, SandownCLOSED
Boots Local PharmacyCowes Medical Centre, Cowes01983 294467CLOSED
Lloyds PharmacyPyle Street, Newport01983 522638CLOSED
Jhoots PharmacyAlbert Street, Ventnor01983 852135CLOSED
Day Lewis PharmacyRegent Street, Shanklin01983 862562CLOSED
Yarmouth PharmacyQuay Street, Yarmouth01983 76026009:00-17:00
Kemkay ChemistAvenue Road, Freshwater01983 752908CLOSED
Day Lewis PharmacyHigh Street, Cowes01983 293011CLOSED
Boots The ChemistsHigh Street, Shanklin01983 86205810:00-16:00

All details of opening hours are correct at the time of publication, although these are subject to change – patients are advised to contact the pharmacy before attending to confirm opening hours.

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For more information about all of your local urgent care options, visit http://www.iow.nhs.uk/our-services/Choosing-the-right-service/choosing-the-right-service.htm.

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