Your local pharmacist (chemist) is your healthcare expert on the high street.

Pharmacists provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common conditions and will be able to help you decide if you need to see a GP or other health service.

No appointment is needed, and many have separate consulting rooms for completely confidential advice.

Pharmacists can:

  • dispense medicine on prescription
  • dispense repeat prescriptions without the need to visit your GP
  • give advice on treating common ailments like coughs and colds
  • help you manage long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma
  • give advice on medication, including if you're taking medicine for lots of different conditions
  • give advice on staying healthy
  • give sexual health and contraception advice
  • provide treatments for common ailments like head lice and athlete's foot.

Many also offer free emergency contraception including the morning after pill.

Pharmacists are often open late and on weekends, and there are always some open over Bank Holidays.

Pharmacy opening hours for May bank holidays

If your local GP or pharmacy closes over the May bank holidays, it’s important to make sure you’re covered by ordering and collecting prescriptions while services are still open.

Bear in mind that a repeat prescription request will take your GP practice a few days to process, so act early to make sure it’s available for collection well in advance.

There will still be many pharmacies open over the bank holiday weekends. You can view the early and late May bank holiday opening hours for all pharmacies in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire below.

Bristol - South and Central pharmacy opening hours (PDF)

Bristol - North and North West pharmacy opening hours (PDF)

Bristol - East pharmacy opening hours (PDF)

North Somerset pharmacy opening hours (PDF)

South Gloucestershire pharmacy opening hours (PDF)

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