Know your NHS options this bank holiday

Dr Anwar Khan, Chair of NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group and a local GP says:
“Bank holidays are a time to relax, have fun and take some time out.  However we recognise that the unexpected can happen with an injury or you can become unwell, and the NHS is still here to help. It is worthwhile for local residents to be familiar with options for the NHS over the bank holiday. GPs out of hours services, walk-in services, and many local pharmacies will be open over the weekend. If you suspect a life threatening emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, call 999. If you need medical help or advice, but it isn’t a 999 emergency, you can call 111 to be directed to the right local service. NHS 111 is free to call anytime from landlines and mobiles.”
Local pharmacies have a wealth of advice and medical knowledge and can help with a range of minor conditions from diarrhoea to sprains.
Dr Khan added:

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of people wait for hours in A&E when they could have got quicker and more appropriate treatment closer to home such as at a pharmacy, walk in service, GP out of hours service or urgent care centre. This also frees up A&E for people who have a more urgent and serious condition. If you’re unsure, the NHS 111 telephone service will be able to direct you to the right place.”

Pharmacies open on Monday 26 August 2013

  • Morrisons Pharmacy Morrisons Supermarkets, 6-7 Salisbury Hall Gardens, Chingford, E4 8SA 020 8531 3631 8.30am-8pm
    Asda in-store Pharmacy, Leyton Mills Centre, 1 Marshall Road, Leyton, E10 5NH 020 8988 8317 9am-6pm
    Leyton Orient Pharmacy, 2nd Floor, Match room Stadium, Leyton, E10 5NF 020 8539 2828 8am-8pm
    Sainsbury’s Pharmacy, 11 Walthamstow Avenue, Chingford, E4 8SJ 020 8527 7368 9am-7pm
    Tesco in-store Pharmacy, 825 High Road, Leyton E10 7AA 020 3280 2047 11am-5pm
    Tesco in-store Pharmacy, Gainsborough Road, Leytonstone, E11 1HT 020  3280 1847 9am-6pm