With VE Day and the first May Bank Holiday fast approaching on Friday 8 May, local doctors have issued advice to help you to stay well and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through. 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.
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 www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Local pharmacies will be open on the Bank Holiday, although opening times may vary.
All pharmacies will be open as a minimum from 2pm until 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday with some pharmacies extending these hours. Please check this link for individual pharmacy opening times:www.england.nhs.uk/east-of-england/nhs-england-and-nhs-improvement-east-of-englands-work/pharmacy-information/
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 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 May Bank Holiday “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 Bank Holiday.”