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Where to find health support this Easter weekend

Residents in Wandsworth are reminded about the range of alternative health services available on Good Friday the 14th April and Easter Monday the 17th as normal GP practices will be closed. 

Additionally, locals are advised to stock up on medicines and other basic essentials in anticipation of the Easter holiday. It is important that A&E does not become the first port of call for non-urgent treatment during times of reduced GP opening hours. 

Pharmacies represent a convenient opportunity for people to see a qualified health professional locally and without an appointment, particularly if seeking advice on common illnesses such as coughs or colds.

What you can do

• Stock up your medicine cabinet, so that you have self-help medicines such as a first aid kit, paracetamol and a thermometer.
• If you have a regular prescription, make sure you have enough to last you until your GP practice opens again. Talk to your doctor or nurse practitioner about whether you can get extra quantities to last you over the break.
• If you need help when your GP practice is closed, and it’s not a 999 emergency, you can call NHS 111. This service is available 24 hours a day 365 days of the year.
• If you’re condition is serious or a life threatening emergency, always dial 999 immediately or go to your nearest A&E department. If your situation is not an emergency, you can access out of hours GPs and minor injuries units, who will usually be able to help you faster than in A&E.

Where you can go should you need support

Visit your pharmacy

Pharmacies can treat a lot more than you think, including: diarrhoea / headache / sore throat / painful cough / runny nose / minor illnesses / upset stomach / skin conditions constipation / fever / cold (to coughs) / minor (skin conditions) / strains & sprains / minor burns and scalds, as well as dispensing prescriptions.  Free emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) is also available at some local pharmacies, ask in store. 

Details of opening times over the Easter weekend for pharmacies in Wandsworth will be published in our news listings. 

To find pharmacies outside of Wandsworth, visit myhealthlondon

Urgent Care Centres and Walk in Centres

If you have an urgent but non-life-threatening illness or condition, go to the urgent care or walk in centres in the borough. They can treat things like: cuts / burns / sprains / strains / suspected breaks / minor head injuries / bites and stings
Local centres can be found at:

The Junction Health Centre, Grant Road, Clapham Junction, SW11 2NU
Open 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year

Queen Mary’s Hospital Minor Injuries Unit, 29 Roehampton Lane, Roehampton, SW15 5PN
8am to 10pm, 365 days a year
St George's Hospital Urgent Care Centre, Blackshaw Road, Tooting, SW17 0QT
Open weekdays 6.30pm to Midnight, weekends 10am to Midnight, 365 days a year

Further information

To find further information about available health services in London, visit myhealthlondon

Otherwise, visit the NHS Choices website or NHS 111 for further information.