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Where to go for health care this Easter

If you’re in need of health care or advice over Easter and the upcoming bank holidays, we have a helpful guide to where’s open.

NHS Mid Essex told us that there are a range of services available over bank holiday periods. They’ve also asked us to remind people try to ensure they have enough medicines for holiday periods and to choose the health service that best meets their needs

Here’s what to dio if you need medical treatment over the Easter and May Bank Holiday – and you can find out more at

NHS Direct or

NHS Direct is on hand to give confidential health advice around the clock.  They can be contacted on 0845 4647.   For internet information on health and health care, go to  This allows you to check your symptoms, check hundreds of conditions and treatments and find telephone numbers and addresses for most NHS organisations.


Pharmacists can offer advice.  on many minor ailments as well as your medicines.
Pharmacy opening hours – are available from:  and NHS Direct.

Make sure you have enough medicines to last holiday periods – remember to order your repeat medicines from your GP well in advance, and don’t forget to collect them from the pharmacy.  Remember to pack your medicines if you’re going away. Even if you’re not leaving home your GP surgery is likely to be closed and won’t be able to deal with repeat prescription requests.   Remember that although some pharmacies are open on Good Friday, your GP surgery will not be open.

Make sure you have stocks – of enough pain-killers, cough and cold remedies and medicines for indigestion and diarrhoea by visiting your local pharmacy before holiday periods.  If you do run out of medicines –  there are a few options to get an emergency supply. Contact your pharmacy to find out more, or ring NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

Only order what you need – people with repeat prescriptions should only order what they need.  Once medicines have been prescribed they cannot be recycled and have to be thrown away – whether they’ve been opened or not.  It is estimated that around £5million in mid Essex could be saved by reducing inefficient prescribing and people only ordering what they need

GP services

During normal working hours you should ring your own GP.
Outside of normal working hours (evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays) you can get advice from NHS Direct on 0845 4647 or, if you think you need urgent medical attention, please ring your usual surgery number and you will be put through to the out-of-hours service.
Walk-in Centres

NHS Direct can provide details of your nearest Walk-In Centre, however diagnostic services such as x-ray will not be available at these facilities.  You can also find details of your nearest Centre from the local services section of

Dental services

During normal working hours ring your local dental practice.  The dental practice may have a message on its answer phone directing you to another telephone number.
During office hours NHS Mid Essex has a Dental Helpline which can support people in finding a dentist, telephone 01245 459462.
NHS Direct, who manage the PCT’s out-of-hours arrangements, can be contacted on 0845 603 1377.   This service operates on a Saturday and Sunday morning and on official Bank Holidays

Accidents and Emergency Care, 999

There is an Accident and Emergency Department at Broomfield Hospital, Court Road, Broomfield, Chelmsford, CM1 7WE, main switchboard 01245 443673


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