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Help us help you this Easter bank holiday weekend

easter weekend opening hours
Published on Wednesday 27 March 2024

As the NHS prepares for what is expected to be another busy bank holiday weekend, people are being urged to play their part and help the local NHS by choosing the right service.

Over the Easter weekend there are a range of services available that can offer advice and support and help people get treatment if they need it: 

Our Minor Injury Unit (MIU) is open 7 days a week from 8am – 8pm (last patient 7.30pm) and is available for adults and children over the age of 5.

Generally, wait times are less than local emergency departments and it’s just a short distance from East Surrey Hospital.
It provides diagnosis and treatment for a range of conditions including wounds that need closing, limb injuries including fractures, sports injuries, bites and stings, minor burns and scalds, infected wounds and much more. 

Find out more here: https://ow.ly/7Gce50QgjQt  You do not need an appointment; however, you may prefer to call NHS 111 to ensure you're directed to the most appropriate service for you.

Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals and experts in medicines. They can give clinical advice and help with over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses including coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains and many pharmacies offer an extended range of services. Details of pharmacies in Surrey open over the Easter Bank Holiday 
weekend can be found at https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/pharmacy-opening-hours/.

Some GP practices will be offering pre-booked appointments over the Easter period and there will also be GP appointments available through NHS 111. People can also visit their GP practice website or the NHS App for a range of online services (including repeat prescription requests, other online requests and to book a routine appointment). 

If you, or your family, need urgent health advice but it’s not an emergency you can get help at NHS 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk or by calling 111, 24 hours a day. NHS 111 can provide advice over the phone and link you in with local services – including GP services, walk-in centres and other local services - to help you get the care you need in the right place.

Emergency Department (also known as A&E) and 999 – these services are only for medical emergencies and life-threatening conditions. Please use them responsibly, and only in an emergency, so we can make sure people who are critically ill get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.