If you’re feeling unwell over the Easter bank holiday weekend (19-22 April) the NHS is on hand to help.
By knowing your options and choosing the right place to go for healthcare, you can receive advice and treatment more quickly – saving yourself time and allowing our emergency services and A&E departments to focus on those who need life-saving care.
People in Bromley have a number of healthcare options:
- Self-care – keep your medicine cabinet well stocked with basic items such as painkillers, anti-diarrhoea tablets and indigestion treatment. If you take prescribed medication regularly, make sure you have supplies to last over the bank holiday weekend and get any request for repeat prescriptions into your GP as soon as possible. Read more about looking after your health.
- Visit your local pharmacy – many common illnesses, such as sore throats, upset stomachs and teething, can be treated quickly and easily by visiting your local pharmacy. You can find a pharmacy by using our ‘Find your nearest health services tool’ on the CCG homepage. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can assess symptoms, offer advice and recommend over-the-counter medicines. Some pharmacies in Bromley will be open over the bank holiday weekend, but please check the list of pharmacy opening hours before you go.
- Evening and weekend appointments – Bromley GPs are now providing more patient appointments in the evenings and at weekends. These extended services are available from 4pm to 8pm in the evening and 8am to 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays at one of the three Bromley GP Alliance access hubs. To get an appointment at one of the hubs, call your GP practice or call NHS 111.
- NHS 111 service – if you need medical help, but your condition is not life threatening, you can call NHS 111. The new 111 Integrated Urgent Care service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by GPs, pharmacists and nurses who can offer clinical consultations. The service can also provide patient information, issue prescriptions and book GP appointments.
- Mental health support – if you are experiencing mental health distress and need to speak to someone urgently, you can call the out of hours social service or emergency duty team on 020 8464 4848 or call Oxleas Urgent Advice Line on 0800 330 8590.
- Urgent care centres –There are urgent care centres located at both Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH)and Beckenham Beacon for urgent medical needs that are non-life threatening. The Urgent Care Centre at The PRUH is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the Beckenham Beacon Urgent Care Centre is open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
- Dial 999 – If there is a medical emergency or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation (e.g. chest pains, difficulty breathing) dial 999 or visit A&E. Remember, A&E services are likely to be very busy so should only be used in an emergency.