Posted by Daniel Harper at 18/04/2019 15:02:51
Easter is great for enjoying ourselves but if you suffer an injury or become unwell over the bank holiday, do you know where to go to get help?
NHS 111 service
If you need medical help and your GP surgery is closed, you can call NHS 111 at any time of day or night. Its trained advisors and experienced clinicians can assess you, offer advice and direct you to the right place for the medical care you need as quickly as possible.
GP practices in west Kent are offering additional pre-booked appointments over the whole of the Easter weekend starting with the evening of Thursday 18 April through to Easter Monday.
Patients should contact their normal GP practice before Good Friday to book one of these appointments.
The appointments will not necessarily be at your usual GP practice, but the health professionals treating you will be able to see your full medical record, with your consent. Appointments are allocated to the most suitable clinician for the patient’s need.
These additional appointments are available during the rest of the year every weekday evening until 8pm and on both Saturdays and Sundays.
Minor injury units
The minor injury units (MIUs) in Edenbridge and Sevenoaks can see a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as burns, sprains, cuts and foreign bodies in the eye, nose and ear. Both units have X-ray facilities.
- Edenbridge and District War Memorial Hospital
- Mill Hill, Edenbridge, TN8 5DA
- 8.30am to 6.30pm, 7 days a week, with X-ray available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2 to 5pm.
- Sevenoaks Hospital
- Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PG
- 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week with X-ray available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, except bank holidays.
Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy, where you can speak to a pharmacist without making an appointment.
There are a number of pharmacies open over the Easter weekend including the bank holidays. A list of all pharmacies that are open in west Kent can be found below.
In case there is an unexpected closure, patients are advised to check by phone that these pharmacies are open before travelling. A full list, with phone numbers is available here.
Additionally, in west Kent, many pharmacies are part of the Common Ailments Scheme, which offers not just expert advice but also free medication for certain illnesses to people who don’t usually pay for their prescriptions. Look out for the Common Ailments Scheme posters.