Local health services over the Easter weekend to help you stay well

However you’re spending the bank holiday weekend, make sure you know where you can go for local health care.

If you have an urgent medical problem that’s not life threatening or an emergency, or you’re not sure what to do, you can call NHS 111. A team of trained advisors will ask questions to assess your symptoms and then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the local service that is best for you and your needs and is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. Always dial 999 in a medical emergency.

Patients registered at most practices across mid and south east Essex can pre-book urgent GP or nurse appointments on Good Friday, Saturday 16 April, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Appointments are available to book at one of the hubs located in Mid Essex, Thurrock, south east Essex and Basildon and Brentwood. People can ask their own GP practice for details on how to book.

Opening times across mid and south Essex localities for GP hubs and pharmacies opening times can be found by visiting the links below:

Basildon and Brentwood Easter weekend services guide

Mid Essex Easter weekend services guide

South east Essex Easter weekend services guide

Thurrock Easter weekend services guide

Feeling low at this time of year is common. If you feel you need help then please get in touch with someone. There are a number of support services including 24-hour support.

Southend

Castle Point and Rochford

Thurrock

Basildon and Brentwood 

Mid Essex

If you are feeling tense or anxious and need to talk to someone, mental health support is now available for over 18s 24/7 via the NHS 111 helpline.

Under 18s can call NELFT out of hours: 0800 953 0222

Samaritans: Call 116 123 free 24/7. For children and young people, free, safe and anonymous online counselling and can be accessed via Kooth – www.kooth.com  or Togetherall  – https://togetherall.com/en-gb/

Your local pharmacy can also help with advice on medication, or with a wide range of minor illnesses and ailments. While many pharmacies will be closed over the bank holiday weekend, visit www.nhs.uk to find one that is open near you.

If you think you need urgent dental treatment, call your regular dentist. If you cannot contact reach your dentist or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service. If you need an appointment, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre.

Make sure you follow Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership on Twitter or Facebook to get the latest information on healthcare services over the Easter holiday weekend.

Local GP given an Honourary Fellow at the Faculty for Homelessness and Inclusion Health

Dr Haroon Siddique pictured with his HSJ Awards certificateLocal NHS GP Dr Haroon Siddique, who works within the Southend West Central Primary Care Network has been made an Honorary Fellow at the Faculty for Homelessness and Inclusion Health for his initiative ‘Southend integrated care for Homeless’ to support some of Southend’s most vulnerable residents, spearheaded by a group of GP practices in Southend. The initiative was also a Finalist in the ‘Primary Care Innovation of the Year’ category at the national Health Service Journal Awards in 2021.

The Faculty is an inclusive membership organisation for people involved in health care for excluded groups, for example, homeless people, Gypsies and Travellers, vulnerable migrants, and sex workers.

Membership is open to all health professionals, social care professionals, housing and hostel workers, social workers, public health experts, support workers, outreach providers, commissioners, researchers, and people with lived experience of exclusion.

The aim is to improve the quality of health care for homeless people and other excluded groups by setting standards and supporting services in which generosity, kindness, and compassion combine with a passionate commitment to professional quality to become the defining characteristics of health services for homeless and multiply disadvantaged people.