Know where to go for NHS help in Tower Hamlets this Christmas

The Barkantine

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People in Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to ‘know where to go’ for healthcare in case they are taken ill or injured over the Christmas and New Year period.

The festive period is one of the busiest times of the year for local GP practices and hospitals. To ensure everyone can receive the care and treatment they need, it is important to remember there are a number of ways to get advice and support from the NHS.

This includes visiting your local pharmacy for help treating coughs, colds and other minor ailments, and calling NHS 111 free if you need health advice urgently. It is also advisable to keep your medicine cabinet stocked to help you deal with any minor health issues.

If you have a long-term health condition, you should ensure you prepare for the upcoming bank holidays by requesting well in advance any repeat prescriptions you might need.

Over the festive period, people in Tower Hamlets have a number of healthcare options:

  • NHS 111 service – 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, including bank holidays, the freephone number 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.
  • Pharmacy – Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy where you seek help without having to make an appointment. Pharmacists can offer advice on how to look after yourself at home with rest and over-the-counter treatments. A number of pharmacies will be open in Tower Hamlets over the festive period, including Christmas day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Monday. Details are available on the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group website.
  • GP out of hours service – If you are unwell outside your GP’s normal opening hours, you can call the Tower Hamlets out of hours GP service on 020 7377 7151. It is open 6.30pm to 8am, Monday to Friday, and 24 hours a day during weekends and bank holidays. A call handler will take your details and a GP will then return your call.
  • Walk-in services – These can treat most minor injuries that are urgent, but not life threatening, including suspected broken bones, cuts and rashes, minor burns, bruises, bites and stings. There are two GP-led walk-in services in Tower Hamlets and both are open 8am to 8pm every day of the week, including bank holidays:

    The Barkantine walk-in service
    21 Westferry Road
    Isle of Dogs
    E14 8JH
    Tel: 020 7510 4000
  • St Andrews Health Centre
    2 Hannaford Walk
    London E3 3FF
    Tel: 020 8980 1888
  • For more information about the local healthcare services available in Tower Hamlets, you can search for details via myhealthlondon on the CCG’s website or visit the NHS service search.
Posted on Thursday 14th December 2017