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Know your NHS options this Easter
17 March 2016

This Easter local doctors are asking people in Redbridge to be aware of the full range of health services available – as well as reminding them that the first port of call might not always be A&E.

So that everyone can get the treatment and advice they need, it’s important to remember that A&E should only be used by people with serious or life-threatening health problems requiring emergency treatment. There are lots of ways to get urgent treatment in Redbridge if you are ill or injured, which can often be a quicker and more appropriate way to get treatment.

Urgent, same day appointments are available every day at our GP hubs, for patients registered with a GP in Redbridge. This Easter bank holiday even more appointments will be available to help keep A&E free for those who really need it. On Good Friday and Easter Monday urgent GP appointments will be available between 1pm and 4pm, on Easter Sunday appointments are available 11am-2.30pm, and 11am and 5pm on Saturday 26 March. To book an urgent, same day appointment call 020 3770 1888. Find out more

Loxford polyclinic, your local walk-in service, is open from 8am-8pm every day of the year so is another place to see a GP urgently should you need to.

Dr Anil Mehta, a local GP and chair of Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“It’s estimated that up to 40% of people who visit A&E do not need to be there. We need people to help us keep A&E free to treat those with the most serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries, by choosing the right service this Easter.

“We have extra urgent GP appointments available this bank holiday weekend, as well as walk-in centres, and expert advice from pharmacists, all of which are often quicker ways to get treatment than waiting in A&E.”

Many common illnesses like coughs or colds can be best, and most easily, treated at home. Your pharmacist can offer expert advice on how to best look after yourself at home with rest and over the counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies in Redbridge that are open on Good Friday, and Easter Sunday and Monday.

For more information on where you should go for treatment call NHS 111 for medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or download our free ‘Not always A&E’ smartphone app.