If you or someone in your family needs care over the festive period there are lots of options open to you – including GP appointments available on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Your local pharmacist can help with lots of common illnesses including coughs and colds and many pharmacies will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. You don’t need an appointment and will be able to get the care you need quickly.
If you need urgent medical advice you can call NHS 111, a free 24-hour helpline and you’ll be put through to medical professionals including GPs, nurses, paramedics and pharmacists. If you need to be seen, they can direct you to the best service. You can also book a same day, urgent appointment to see a doctor at a GP hub. Appointments are available every weeknight evening from 6.30pm to 10pm, and from 8am to 8pm on the weekends. Get an appointment by calling your own doctor during normal opening hours, or call 020 3770 1888 or NHS 111.
Get the right care close to you:
For a list of pharmacies open over the festive season, and your local GP hubs, see below:
GP hubs in Havering are: North Street Medical Care in Romford, RM1 4QJ, and Rosewood Medical Centre in Hornchurch, RM12 5NJ.
The GP Hubs in Barking and Dagenham are: Broad Street Medical Centre in Dagenham, RM10 9HU and Barking Community Hospital, IG11 9LX.
The GP Hubs in Redbridge are: Southdene Surgery in South Woodford, E18 1BD, Newbury Group Practice in Newbury Park, IG2 7LE and Fulwell Cross Medical Centre in Barkingside, IG6 2HG.
You need to be registered with a local GP surgery to book a hub appointment.
Visit the NHS Stay Well website for more advice on keeping well this winter.