GPs are reminding people in Newham they can book appointments over the whole Easter holiday period.
With most local schools breaking up today (8 April), extra appointments have been made available on weekday evenings, weekends and bank holidays. This means parents can arrange for their child to be seen quickly at a time convenient to them.
Same day, urgent appointments are available every weekday evening and on Saturdays and Sundays between 8am and 8pm.
It is much better for people whose condition is not urgent to use these services to see a GP or another health professional than to visit A&E. This ensures that those who genuinely need life-saving emergency treatment can receive it as quickly as possible.
If you need health services in Newham over the Easter school holiday, including the bank holiday weekend, you have several options:
- Urgent GP appointments – Urgent, same day, bookable appointments are available are available between 8am and 8pm throughout the Easter weekend, including Good Friday and Easter Monday. These appointments can be booked by calling the booking line directly on 020 7540 9949.
- Extended GP opening hours - many practices in Newham now offer extended opening hours offering appointments in the evenings and on Saturdays. If you can’t get an appointment at your GP practice call 020 7511 2075 Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm to access the extended hours GP service.
- 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. There are a number of pharmacies open over the Easter weekend including the bank holidays. A full list will be available on http://www.newhamccg.nhs.uk/
- NHS 111 service – If you need medical help fast and your surgery is closed, you can call NHS 111 Clinical Assessment service on 1 1 1 at any time of day or night. 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.
Dr Muhammad Naqvi a local GP and Chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “If you or your child do get ill over the Easter holidays, there are lots of ways to get the care you need. No one wants to spend their time 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.”