Know where to go this Easter

As the Easter bank holiday approaches,GPs in Camden are asking local people to make sure they know who to turn to in order to get the right care in the right place – as well as reminding them that the first port of call might not always be A&E.

Even though it is a long weekend if you get injured or you become ill unexpectedly, the NHS is still on hand to help and it is worth knowing in advance what services are on offer.

Easter weekend is a time for relaxing and having fun. If you do experience any health issues – be it getting injured undertaking a bit of DIY or a stomach virus – there are lots of ways to get urgent treatment in Camden which can often be a quicker and more appropriate.

To help everyone stay safe and healthy this Easter, it’s important to remember that A&E should only be used by people experiencing serious or life-threatening health problems requiring emergency treatment.

Many common illnesses such as coughs or colds can be best and most easily treated by visiting your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist can offer advice on how to best look after yourself at home with rest and over the counter treatments. There are a number of pharmacies in Camden that are open on Good Friday, and Easter Sunday and Monday.

If you need medical help fast, but it’s not life threatening or you’re not sure where to go, an NHS 111 adviser will assess you and direct you to the right place. The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by fully trained advisors and experienced clinicians who can help people get the right medical care as quickly as possible.