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Ahead of the New Year Bank Holiday, people in Coventry and Warwickshire are being reminded how to access health services.

Due to the Bank Holiday, some services such as GP surgeries and pharmacies may be closed or working on a reduced service.

A full list of Coventry and Warwickshire pharmacies and opening times can be found on the NHS website here.

Some GP appointments will be available on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from GP extended access hubs located across the area.

To book an extended access appointment, please contact your GP practice as normal, and listen to the instructions on their answerphone message or go to NHS 111 online.

People who need medical help that isn’t an emergency should contact NHS 111 in the first instance by visiting or by calling 111.

NHS 111 can help direct people to the most appropriate local health service if they aren’t sure where to go – this could include an out of hours GP, a pharmacy, a local NHS walk-in centre, or a hospital accident & emergency (A&E) department.

Tracy Pilcher, Chief Nursing Officer for Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board, said: “No one wants to get ill over the Bank Holiday, but it’s really important to make sure that you know where to go for urgent health advice and treatment in case you or a loved one becomes unwell.

“A number of pharmacies will be open over the weekend and Bank Holiday and should be your first port of call for any minor illnesses. Pharmacists are qualified health professionals who can offer advice and medicines for a range of ailments. And, if symptoms suggest it’s something more serious, they have the right training to make sure patients get the help they need.

"If you need urgent medical treatment, please do not be put off from seeking help. The NHS is here for you, and you should always seek help if you need it.”

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