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Get the right care over the August Bank Holiday weekend

People across York are being encouraged to choose the correct healthcare service during the upcoming August bank holiday weekends.

The NHS can be particularly busy on weekends and public holidays, but knowing the most appropriate service available and getting the right care reduces pressure on services and avoids unnecessary trips to A&E departments. There are a number of healthcare services that people can access when they are unwell – such as the local pharmacy, NHS 111 or the out-of-hours GP service.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should try to stay at home and avoid contact with others. To prevent the spread of the virus, please do not attend any healthcare setting, including for a vaccination.


Treat minor illnesses and injuries such as sore throats, grazes and hangovers at home. Most simple ailments will begin to get better within a few days.

Ensure that you have ordered your prescriptions in time to collect them before the weekend and keep your medicine cabinet well stocked with items, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Local Pharmacy

Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses, such as headaches, fevers, upset stomachs and minor rashes. Many pharmacies are open on evenings and on bank holidays.

Below is a timetable showing which Vale of York pharmacies (York and Selby) are open this Bank Holiday Monday. 




Opening Time

29 August 2022


Asda Pharmacy, Monks Cross 10am-4pm
Tesco Pharmacy, Clifton Moor 9am-1pm
Tesco Pharmacy, Askham Bar 9am-1pm
Lloyds Pharmacy, Monks Cross 10am-4pm
Boots Pharmacy, Coney Street 9:30am-4:30pm
Boots Pharmacy, Monks Cross 9am-5pm
Selby Scott Road Pharmacy 12noon-1pm

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NHS 111

You should use the NHS 111 non-emergency service if you need immediate medical help or advice, but it is not a life-threatening situation. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

When you contact 111 you will speak to a highly trained adviser who is supported by healthcare professionals and they will direct you to the most appropriate medical care.

NHS 111 can be accessed by telephone on 111, or online by visiting

GP Out-of-Hours Service

You should use the GP out-of-hours service when you require urgent but not life-threatening treatment. The Vale of York GP out-of-hours service is available 365 days a year. It is provided from the urgent care centre at York Hospital and the minor injury unit at the New Selby War Memorial Hospital.

The service does not accept walk-in patients, appointments must be arranged by calling NHS 111. Home visits are provided where appropriate.

Emergency Care

A&E is for medical emergencies and serious health issues, such as having difficulty breathing, chest pains or serious accidents.

If you have a medical emergency, call 999 for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency department. The emergency department in the Vale of York is located at York Hospital.

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