Local health services this Easter

All GP practices across Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford will be operating normal opening hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday. You are able to contact your GP via telephone, however please do not attend your surgery in person unless your GP asks you to attend.

Your GP will be able to speak to you on the telephone or via video consultations to help patients stay safe. Your GP will advise you if they think there is a medical need for you to be seen face-to-face.

GP practices will be closed on Saturday 11 April and Easter Sunday.

NHS 111 online                                                                                               

If you have access to the internet then NHS 111 online is available 24 hours a day to support you.

If you think you have symptoms of Coronavirus do not visit the GP, pharmacy or hospital, please visit www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 The NHS 111 phone service is currently experiencing huge volumes of calls. This will allow the NHS 111 service to help those who need them most.

If your Coronavirus symptoms worsen or you are unable to manage them at home, or you do not have access to the internet, please call NHS 111.

For the latest information and advice about Coronavirus visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Local pharmacies will be open across the four-day Easter weekend, although opening times may vary. 

All pharmacies will be open as a minimum from 2pm until 5pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday with some pharmacies extending these hours. Pharmacies will open as normal on Saturday 11 April and a few will be open on Easter Sunday.

Please check this link for individual pharmacy opening times: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy



Stay at home advice

The Government guidance is currently to stay at home and only leave the house for urgent medical needs, to go shopping, to exercise once a day or to pick up medication.

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus information on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Dr. Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said:  

As everyone knows, the NHS is working tirelessly to keep people safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic and will continue to do so over the Easter Bank Holidays.

“Residents can support us by following Government advice to stay and home and only leave the house to go shopping, for an urgent medical need or for exercise once a day.

“If anyone has an urgent medical need please follow the advice to visit www.111.nhs.uk, where there is also information on symptoms for Coronavirus and the guidance to follow.

“We hope everyone has a safe Easter break.”