Choose the right NHS service this Easter
This Easter local doctors are asking people in Newham to be aware of the full range of urgent health services available – as well as reminding them that the first port of call might not always be A&E.
By choosing the right health service, residents can help to keep our local hospital emergency departments free to treat those with the most serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries.
Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist can offer free, confidential advice on how to best look after yourself at home with rest and over the counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies in Newham that are open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.
If you are unwell outside of your GPs normal opening hours and you’re not sure where to go for treatment, a GP out of hours service is available to help.
The easiest way to contact this service is to call your normal GP practice. If they are closed you will be directed through to the Newham out of hours GP cooperative service.
You can also contact the out of hours service directly by calling 020 7511 8880. They will offer advice and direct you towards the best service for your condition.
The Newham out of hours GP cooperative service is available for registered patients when their GP practice is closed and for people who are not registered with a GP twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.
The service has additional capacity this Easter to allow them to respond as quickly as possible to all patients, including those who need an appointment with a GP or with a clinician at the urgent care centre or emergency department at Newham University Hospital.
Dr Prakash Chandra, a local GP and chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:
“If you are ill or injured this Easter please remember that you may be able to access the care you need without having to spend your bank holiday in A&E.
“Often your pharmacy or the out-of-hours GP service will be able to offer advice and treatment in a way that’s quicker and more appropriate. Plus, by using them you will help to keep our local emergency departments free to treat those most in need.”