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Choose the right NHS service this Easter
10 April 2017

This Easter local doctors are asking people in Barking and Dagenham 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.

Urgent, same day, bookable appointments are available every day at our GP hubs, including this Easter bank holiday. This means you can see a local GP if you need urgent advice or treatment and your GP practice is closed.

On Good Friday and Easter Monday urgent GP appointments will be available between 9am and 4pm, and between 8am to 8pm on Easter Sunday and on Saturday 15 April. To book an urgent, same day appointment call 020 3770 1888 or NHS 111.

With these appointments available, and many pharmacies across the area open on the bank holiday weekend, there are lots of ways to get urgent treatment. 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.

Dr Waseem Mohi, a local GP and chair of Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“If you are ill or injured this Easter please remember that there are lots of ways to get urgent treatment in Barking and Dagenham which can often be a quicker and more appropriate way to get treatment than going to A&E. We need people to help us keep our local hospital emergency departments free to treat those with the most serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries, by choosing the right service this Easter.”

Many common illnesses like coughs or colds can be best, and most easily, treated at home.  A 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 Barking and Dagenham that are open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Monday.

Barking Community Hospital, your local walk-in service, is open from 9am-10pm on weekends and bank holidays, and 7am-10pm on weekdays, so is another place to see a GP urgently should you need to.

For more information on where you should go for treatment call NHS 111 for medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.