Doctors from across the district are urging patients who rely on prescription medication to make sure they are well-stocked over the upcoming bank holiday weekend.

Several GP's and pharmacies within the west Essex region will be closed on Monday, May 27 making emergency appointments very limited for residents.

Anyone seeking medical help or advice over the holiday should in the first instance call the NHS 111 service, which will be open 24 hours a day throughout the holiday.

Dr. Rob Gerlis, chair of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Most GP surgeries and pharmacies require at least 48 hours’ notice to prepare a repeat prescription, so I would urge people to check they have enough to get through the holiday.

“I would also suggest people take the opportunity to go through their medicines cupboard at the same time.

“If they already have more than one month’s supply of any item they need to take regularly, hold off from reordering but do check the ‘use by’ date. Stockpiling out-of-date medicines can be dangerous to other family members, particularly children.

“The NHS 111 advisers and clinicians will also give advice on any other health matters and help people find the best service for their needs, whether it’s an out-of-hours GP appointment, emergency dentist or even a referral to A&E.”

Details of opening times pharmacies can be found on the NHS website.