Your health service is here for you this Easter
NHS leaders across Thurrock and the whole of mid and south Essex area are putting together a range of information for local people to help them know what services are available this bank holiday.
During the long bank holiday period, many services are reduced but there are still services available every single day, from pharmacies to out of hours doctors, Thurrock’s Health Hubs and NHS111.
There will be a continuation of the successful GP service at Orsett Hospital which will be available from 12pm to 6pm every day to provide a service for people over the Easter bank holiday period. Minor Injuries can also help with all urgent health problems like minor burns, wounds and breaks.
Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“We know that many people worry when they become ill over a bank holiday, that’s why we’ve extended funding for the GP in Orsett Hospital to continue over this bank holiday. What’s more our own Health Hubs are open 7 days a week, from 7pm – 9pm weeknights (excluding Bank Holiday Monday) and Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 12pm
“Most of our services in Thurrock are able to help you with the majority of your health issues, whether that’s minor injuries or an urgent health matter.”
Dr Vikram Bhat, GP Board Member and lead on planned and unplanned care said:
“Often people panic during bank holidays and go straight to emergency departments. More often than not, there is no need, as other services in Thurrock can help you.
“We are asking people to be sensible, make the right choices and access the care they need. We have pharmacies open every single day and can help with a range of ailments.
“There are out of hours GP appointments at our Health Hubs and at Orsett Minor Injuries Unit, which is open every day. Don’t forget that NHS111 will provide primary care support during other times of the holiday period.”
The guide to opening times of pharmacies and other services available can be downloaded from: http://www.thurrockccg.nhs.uk/news