Quicker treatment closer to home during the Easter holiday period

With just over a week left until Easter it may be hard to think about anything apart from your holiday. GPs in North East Essex would like to help local people to plan ahead with some simple steps to stay happy and healthy over the long bank holiday weekend such as;


  • Collecting repeat prescriptions in advance of the long weekend, remember that many GPs and some pharmacies will be closed from the end of the day on Thursday 29th March to the morning of Tuesday 3rd April and are often busy following the Easter break. Please note, walk in centres are not able to issue emergency repeat prescriptions
  • Ensuring that home medicine cabinets are stocked to treat minor ailments and illnesses with basics such as: painkillers for pain and fever, antihistamines for bites stings and allergies, oral rehydration salts, indigestion remedies and a basic first aid kit to treat minor cuts, sprains and bruises.
  • Being aware that some pharmacies will be open and available throughout the bank holiday weekend. They can provide advice on minor ailments and stock a good range of over the counter medicines, as well as dispensing prescriptions.
  • Find out which services close to you such as urgent care, walk-in centres, and pharmacists are open and available over the bank holiday weekend – all of this information is available on www.neessexccg.nhs.uk
  • For sprains, strains and broken bones don’t spend your Easter Holiday bank holiday waiting in the emergency department to get fixed - head straight for your nearest Minor Injury Unit (MIU) or Walk in Centre. The doctors and nurses there can treat you far quicker, leaving you to enjoy the rest of the long weekend.


Dr Hasan Chowhan, local GP and Chair of NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group said “Easter is always a busy time for NHS services and it’s really important that local people are prepared for their healthcare needs when GPs will be closed.  By doing these few simple preparations in the lead up to Easter, local people can help ensure they can get the right treatment sooner for themselves and loved ones”.



Please check the CCG website at www.neessexccg.nhs.uk as our Easter page holds more information including opening times of local services and pharmacies during the bank holiday.


If you do become unwell over the Easter holidays but it’s not an emergency, , please call NHS 111 who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including bank holidays, so you don’t need to leave it till first thing in the morning to call when the service can be very busy. Calls to 111 are free from both landlines and mobiles.


Please remember A&E is for emergencies only providing immediate care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness such as unconsciousness, severe chest pain or strokes, or are badly injured in a way that could be life threating.


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