More out of hour GP appointments in Redbridge over Easter Bank holiday weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:06 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:54 23 March 2016

Have you ever missed a hospital appointment?

Have you ever missed a hospital appointment?

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Spring is in the air, but so are flu and cold germs.

If you get ill during Easter Bank holiday weekend and it is not life threatening, instead of traipsing up to A&E, visit an out of hours GP.

More appointments have been scheduled in Redbridge between Good Friday and Easter Monday to help keep A&E free for those who really need it.

Doctors are asking residents to be aware of the full range of health services available and reminding them the first port of call might not always be A&E.

“It’s estimated that up to 40 per cent of people who visit A&E do not need to be there and we need people to help us keep A&E free to treat those with the most serious or life threatening illnesses or injuries by choosing the right service this Easter,” said Dr Anil Mehta, a GP and chairman of Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

“We have extra urgent GP appointments available this bank holiday weekend, as well as walk-in centres, and expert advice from pharmacists, all of which are often quicker ways to get treatment than waiting in A&E.”

Urgent, same day appointments are available every day at GP hubs for patients registered with a GP in the borough.

On Good Friday and Easter Monday, appointments will be available between 1pm and 4pm, and on Easter Sunday appointments are available 11am to 2.30pm.

The walk-in service at Loxford Polyclinic, Ilford Lane, Ilford, is also open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year.

For more information on where you should go for treatment call NHS 111 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or download the CCG’s free Not Always A&E smartphone app.

To book an urgent, same day appointment call 020 3770 1888.

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