March 19, 2024

Get the help you need this Easter bank holiday

A range of health services will be available in Wakefield District this Easter bank holiday so people can get the help they need.

If you take regular medication and need to order more, please order it in plenty of time and make sure you collect it before the bank holiday. For people who have repeat prescriptions, electronic repeat dispensing (known as eRD) gives them the reassurance of knowing their next prescription will be ready for collection at their pharmacy when they need it, and flexibility so they have medication at busy times.

Guidance on how to order a repeat prescription is also available on the NHS website, or you can use the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions.

GP practices will be closed on Good Friday (29 April) and Easter Monday (1 April), but you can get face-to-face appointments for urgent problems when your own GP practice is closed through the GP Care Wakefield service which is available between 9am and 3pm on bank holidays. All you need to do is contact your own practice telephone number and you will get through to the right service.

This service is also available to patients in Wakefield District between 5pm and 9.30pm on weekdays; 9am and 5pm on Saturdays; and 9am and 1pm on Sundays.

If you or someone close to you needs medical help during the bank holiday, please get advice about the most appropriate treatment option by using 111 online ( or calling 111 if you don’t have access to the internet. Remember 999 and A&E departments are for the most serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses.

NHS 111 is a free, 24 hour online or phone service that provides help and advice on the most appropriate medical care; it can also arrange phone consultations with healthcare professionals and book appointments at urgent treatment and out of hours medical centres. Parents and carers of young children can also find health advice on the West Yorkshire Healthier Together website.

King Street Walk in Centre, Wakefield, is open seven days a week, 365 days a year, between the hours of 10am and 10pm.

Mental health support will continue to be available throughout the bank holiday. Visit for details of local services. For urgent help in a mental health crisis, call your local 24 hour helpline:

  • Bradford 0800 952 1181
  • Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield 0800 183 0558.

People may also consider having at home a small stock of basic medicines for minor illness or injury. These may include paracetamol, plasters, indigestion remedy and anti-diarrhoeal medicine. See the NHS website for advice on what you should keep in your first aid kit, or ask your local pharmacist for advice.

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