Know where to go for local healthcare services this bank holiday weekend

GPs in Waltham Forest are urging people to help the NHS by using local healthcare services wisely over the summer 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.

Choosing the right place for treatment and advice can help you get the help you need faster.

Dr Anwar Khan, a local GP and chair of NHS Waltham Forest CCG, said:

“If you do get ill over the bank holiday weekend, there are lots of ways that you can access the care you need in Waltham Forest. It’s worth finding out in advance what services are on offer.

“Going to the right place for your condition ensures that 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.”

People who need health services over the bank holiday weekend have a number of options:

  • Visit a pharmacy – Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy and you can speak to a pharmacist without having to make 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 Waltham Forest over the weekend including bank holiday Monday. A full list is available on the NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) website here.
  • Book an appointment with a GP – If you need to see a GP on Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 August, you can make an appointment to see a GP between 8am and 8pm. Appointments can only be booked by calling 020 8519 3999. On Monday 28 August, residents who feel they cannot wait until the following day to see a GP should call NHS 111, where they will be advised on the most appropriate health care service for them.
  • Call NHS 111 – If you need medical help fast, but your condition is not life threatening, you can call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the number is free to call and is staffed by trained advisors and experienced clinicians who can assess you, offer advice and direct you to the right place to get the medical care you need as quickly as possible.
  • Whipps Cross urgent care centre – Whipps Cross urgent care centre can treat most minor injuries that are urgent, but not life threatening, including cuts and rashes, minor burns, bruises, bites and stings. The centre is open 24 hours a day, every day of the week.