Health bosses are urging people in Halton to make NHS 111 and pharmacies their first port of call if they need help and advice over the Easter weekend.

With GP practices closing on Thursday evening until Tuesday morning, patients will still require access to health advice and support for minor illnesses and ailments.

Some pharmacies will remain open over the bank holiday weekend and Halton residents can use the NHS Halton Minor Ailments Scheme ‘care at the chemist’.

Urgent medical problems should be directed to NHS 111, which is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, with further information at NHS 111 can book arrival slots for patients at NHS Runcorn Urgent Care Centre, NHS Widnes Urgent Care Centre, GP Out of Hours Service and the emergency departments at Warrington and Whiston hospitals.

Patients are urged not to ring 999 or visit accident and emergency departments unless someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or loss of taste – should continue to use the online service at For a full list of pharmacies that will be open this weekend visit