Knowing the right place for medical help over the Easter holidays can help you get the treatment you need faster.
You can get an appointment with a GP from 8am to 8pm on both bank holidays.
Out of hours GP appointments are available every normal weekday evening between 6.30pm and 10pm, and between 8am and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays, including the Easter weekend. You can book these appointments by calling the GP hub booking hotline on 020 3770 1888 (open from 8am to 8pm) or by calling 111 out of hours.
You can also get help with minor injuries and illnesses at our community Urgent Treatment Centres at Barking Community Hospital and Harold Wood Polyclinic. These are open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week. You can call NHS 111 to book an appointment or walk in and wait to be seen. You do not need to be registered with a GP.
Covid-19 vaccinations will be taking place as normal over the bank holidays so if you have an appointment please attend.
NHS 111 can also make direct appointments online, by phone or face-to-face with a variety of health services, including at A&E, Urgent Treatment Centres, specialised mental health crisis services, dental services and pharmacists for urgent repeat prescriptions and advice. If needed, an ambulance can also be despatched.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To get help from NHS 111, you can:
- go to 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 and over only).
- call 111 for free from a landline or mobile phone (all ages).
If you can, order enough medication to last you over the Easter weekend. However some community pharmacies will also be open on the bank holidays, you can check which and the opening hours on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy.
Dr Jagan John, GP and chair of NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:
“We understand people can sometimes need an appointment with a GP or nurse outside normal working hours.
“The NHS is here for you and has flexible appointments across evenings and weekends and bank holidays. The way we have been seeing patients has changed in the last year to keep everyone safe from Covid but rest assured you will be properly assessed and if required, seen face-to-face.
“If you have a Covid-19 vaccinations booked for over the Easter weekend please do attend.”