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