Make sure you know where to go for healthcare this Easter

20 March 2018

GPs in Redbridge are urging people to help the NHS by using local health services wisely over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The long weekend is a great time for relaxing but if you get injured or you become ill unexpectedly, the NHS is still on hand. Even on Good Friday and Easter Monday, appointments are available with local GPs in your area.

By choosing the right place for treatment and advice, you will get the help you need more quickly – allowing local A&E staff to focus on those who need emergency, life-saving care.

People who require health services over the Easter weekend have a number of options:

  • Urgent GP appointments – Urgent, same day, bookable appointments are available in Redbridge every evening, weekend and on bank holidays at the borough's GP hubs. Appointments are available between 8am and 8pm throughout the Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. To book an urgent same day appointment, call 020 3770 1888 or contact NHS 111.
  • Pharmacy – Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy, where you can speak to a pharmacist without making an appointment. Your pharmacist can offer advice on how to look after yourself at home with rest and over-the-counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies open in Redbridge, see the opening hours on the CCG website
  • NHS 111 service – If you need medical help fast but your condition is not life threatening, you can call the free NHS 111 service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its trained advisors and experienced clinicians can assess you, offer advice and direct you to the right place for the medical care you need as quickly as possible.
  • Mental health support – If you are already known to mental health services, or need to speak to someone urgently, you can call NELFT mental health direct on 0300 555 1000 at any time. Advisors can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional and help direct you to the right service to get the support you need.

Dr Mehul Mathukia, a local GP and urgent care lead at Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and Redbridge CCGs, said:

“If you do get ill over the Easter weekend, there are lots of ways that you can get the care you need. No one wants to spend their bank holiday sitting in A&E and you don’t need to, as there are quicker, easier ways to get treatment, or to be seen by a nurse or doctor.

“Going to the right place ensures you receive the help you require as quickly as possible, and it also helps to free up A&E for people with life threatening injuries and illnesses.”