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27.04.23 – Bank Holiday Medical Information, Man arrested in Stoke on Trent

Written by on 26 April 2023

As the upcoming Bank Holidays approach, the NHS is urging the public to take necessary steps to ensure their health needs are met during this time.

With many GP practices and pharmacies having reduced opening hours, it is important to plan ahead to avoid any unnecessary delays or interruptions in care.

If you require medical advice or assistance but it is not an emergency, you can visit or call 111 to speak to a trained healthcare professional who will advise you on the best course of action. This service is available 24/7.

You can also prepare by ordering repeat prescriptions in advance. You should check your medication supplies and order any necessary repeats at least a week before your medications run out. This will allow enough time for prescriptions to be processed and for any potential issues to be addressed before the holidays, the first of which is next Monday

Pharmacists can offer health advice and information, and you don’t need an appointment. To find your local pharmacy and check opening hours, use the ‘Find a Pharmacy’ service on the NHS website


A man has been arrested over public order offences after allegedly shouting at a woman and her child in Stoke-on-Trent.  Police were called to Chell Heath Road  at 11.40am on Tuesday.  A woman reported that she was walking with her child when a man pulled up in a white Citreon Relay van.  The male driver spoke to the woman, saying that the child was his.  There was no physical contact between the individual in the van and the mother and child, who left the scene on foot to a place of safety.  They were left shaken but unhurt in the incident.

A 31-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has since been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence., and a van has also been seized.

Stoke-on-Trent north local policing team commander, Scott McGrath, said: “I can understand that this incident has caused significant concern in the local area.  I would like to reassure the public that we do not believe there is any wider risk to them or their children at this time. We will continue to patrol the local area to reassure residents.”