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What to do if you need NHS help in west Kent during the festive season

User AvatarPosted by Daniel Harper at 28/12/2017 09:21:28

The NHS in west Kent is reminding people about what to do if they are ill over the festive period.

For a minor injury, such as a sprain, burn or back injury, people can visit a Minor Injury Unit (MIU) without the need to book an appointment. These are listed below.

For a cough, cold, mild fever or other common illness, people can pop into a pharmacy for free advice. There are about 70 pharmacies in west Kent. Details of pharmacy opening times over the New Year are included below, you can also find your nearest one on the NHS Choices website – www.nhs.uk.

And for urgent health problems, which are not life-threatening, NHS 111 is standing by ready to take your call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and GP appointments are available round the clock if you need them.

Dr Bob Bowes, Clinical Chair for West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “While nobody wants illness or injury to spoil the festivities, it is important to be aware that there are services available that can provide quick and free advice and, where appropriate, treatment without the need for a trip to A&E.”

Visit one of west Kent’s MIUs

  • Sevenoaks Hospital, Hospital Road TN13 3PG 
  • Tel: 01732 470200
  • Open every day of the year from 8am to 8pm
  • X-ray services are available from Monday to Friday: 8.45am to 5pm
  • Edenbridge and District War Memorial Hospital, Mill Hill, Edenbridge TN8 5DA 
  • Tel: 01732 863164
  • Open every day except Christmas Day from 8.30am to 6.30pm.
  • X-ray services are available Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 5pm.

Pharmacy opening times over New Year in west Kent

Other pharmacies may be open voluntarily on bank holidays over the New Year period. Opening times are correct at time of publishing – please check with the pharmacy before travelling

Important numbers

For emergency dental care, contact your own dentist first. At evenings, weekends and bank holidays, you can call DentaLine on 01634 890300.

The Dementia Helpline is open 24 hours a day on 0800 500 3014.

If you're feeling under pressure, call 0800 107 0160 to get free advice from expert therapists and counsellors. Visit https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/release-the-pressure for more information.

The Samaritans also provide confidential support for anyone feeling down, depressed or anxious, as well as those who may be feeling despair. Volunteers can be contacted 24/7 on 116 123 (UK), or email jo@samaritans.org or to meet face-to-face; visit www.samaritans.org for details of your local branch.