Eid celebrations and the importance of social distancing

GPs in Newham are wishing Eid Mubarak to the Muslim community, and urging those celebrating to remember to follow social distancing rules when hosting, or attending in-person social gatherings during the festivities.

Eid al-Adha is due to start the evening of Thursday 30 July, and end in the evening of Monday 3 August. This Eid will be a different experience due to the need to follow Government guidelines on social distancing and meeting people from different households.  

If you, your family member or someone in your household is ‘shielding’ and have received a letter from the NHS, it is especially important that you take extra precautions to avoid face-to-face contact. For the latest government advice on shielding, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Social distancing remains vital to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and to protect those who are most vulnerable to the virus.

As a reminder, the local NHS is still here for you and it is important you do not wait if you need medical help.

If you need a GP appointment, there are several ways to do this - visit your GP practice website, use an NHS app to book online or call your practice. Most appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional will now be via a phone call, and if you are told you need to see a clinician in person, the NHS has put measures in place to make sure patients are seen safely.

If you have an urgent medical need, visit NHS 111 online – if you cannot access the internet, call 111. If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, such as if you or a family member have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go.