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Choose the right service for you over the bank holiday

We are urging local people to choose health services wisely over the bank holiday to ensure emergency services are kept for those most in need.

To allow everyone to get the treatment and advice they need, it is important to remember that people should only use A&E when they require emergency treatment. If you’re injured or taken ill over the Bank Holiday, there are many options available to help you get the care you need, when and where you need it.

Visit a pharmacy

Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy and speaking 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. You don’t need an appointment and many pharmacists have private consultation areas. A number of pharmacies will be open over the weekend, including the bank holidays.

NHS 111 service

Contact NHS 111 online via or call the free NHS 111 number to access a medical professional who will assess you any time of day or night. If you need to be seen, they will be able to direct you to the best service for your needs and can also arrange a GP ‘hub’ appointment if you need one.

Visit your GP

Ring your GP to make an appointment. Not registered? Visit the NHS website to find a GP near you.

Evenings and weekends

If your GP practice is closed, there are a number of GP ‘hub’ services across east London, which are open every day, including bank holidays. Please see the links below for specific information about evening and weekend services in your borough.


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