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The NHS in Tower Hamlets is still here for you this August Bank Holiday

Posted on: 25 August 2020

While GP surgeries will be closed this bank holiday Monday (31 August), you can still see a GP through our GP extended access service, get advice from NHS 111 or visit a pharmacist.

GPs are reminding residents across Tower Hamlets that the local NHS is 'open for business' and ready to safely provide care to people who need it. It is important you do not wait if you need urgent medical help.

We know that some people are worried that they might be a burden to the NHS, or that they could contract COVID-19 if they seek help for an urgent medical issue at the moment, but services are very safe for patients to access.

If you have an urgent medical need, first visit NHS 111 online for advice. If you cannot access the internet, call 111.

GP appointments are available from 8am to 8pm this bank holiday Monday through our GP extended access service. To access these appointments call 111 and an appointment will be offered if appropriate.

Community pharmacies will also be available this bank holiday weekend. Before visiting your local pharmacy, first check the opening hours on the NHS.UK website. When you visit you must comply with the social distancing measures in place to protect yourself and staff.

If it is a serious or life-threatening emergency, such as if you or a family member have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. If you are told to go to hospital, it is important that you go.

In addition, if you are pregnant and are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. All the latest guidance can be found here.