Keep well and safe in Wandsworth over the Easter weekend

Published: Thursday, April 14, 2022

With the NHS remaining very busy, people in Wandsworth are being reminded to only use 999 and A&E in emergencies over the Easter weekend. You can also speak to your local pharmacist about minor medical conditions, see below. 

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Nick Beavon (left) with Pinal Patel of Mansons Pharmacy, Wandsworth High Street

Dr Nicola Jones lead GP for Wandsworth, says; “Our teams are working incredibly hard to provide local people with the best possible care should they become unwell.

“We have extra GP services and more appointments on evenings and weekends. If you have a health concern over the bank holiday weekend, contact your GP practice or use their website to find out what your local arrangements are. You can also use the NHS 111 online service for health advice.

Most GP appointments will be by telephone or through video consultation but face to face appointments are still offered if necessary. 

GP practices will let their patients know how to access urgent medical help between 8am and 8pm, with contact information also available on practice websites. People can also visit 111online or call 111 at any time, where they will be asked some questions about symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. 

Nicola is also urging people to support the NHS and remember that 999 is for emergencies, It should only be called if the situation is life-threatening, such as chest pain, blackouts, a serious injury, or if you think you’re having a stroke. 

Despite the NHS being extremely busy, frontline staff are continuing to work to address the Covid-19 backlogs and roll out the NHS spring booster programme. Walk-in vaccinations are available at clinics across Wandsworth and South West London. Full details here

What if I need urgent health care? 

  • If it is a life-threatening emergency, then call 999
  • If you are told to go to hospital, then you must go. The NHS will help you get the care you need.

How do I get urgent mental health care?  

What support can I get from pharmacists?

For minor medical problems, not related to coronavirus, many local pharmacies will be open and are able to help this weekend – although their opening times may be different. You can also come and have a chat about a range of common conditions and minor injuries, such as: aches and pains, sore throat, coughs, colds, flu, earache, cystitis, sin rashness, teething, eye redness and infections

What if I need urgent dental treatment 

  • Call your dentist
  • If you cannot contact your dentist, or you do not have one, use the NHS 111 online service or call if you cannot get online
  • If an appointment is necessary, this will be arranged at an urgent dental care centre.

What if someone I live with has coronavirus symptoms 

  • Stay at home and visit for health advice 
  • Do not go to your GP practice, pharmacy or A&E
  • If your symptoms worsen, or you feel that you cannot manage at home, please visit the NHS111 online coronavirus service. Call 111 if you cannot get online or you’ve been told to do so.

What if I need advice from a GP? 

  • GP services are available this Bank Holiday weekend
  • Contact your practice online or by phone to be assessed
  • If your practice is not open but an appointment is necessary, you will be advised of the next steps. Your appointment may be at another nearby service.

Coronavirus vaccine 

Vaccines are available for

  • 1st and 2nd doses for people aged 5 years old and over
  • boosters for people aged 16 years old and over, plus at-risk children aged 12 to 15 years old
  • spring boosters for people aged 75 years old and over, plus people aged 12 years old and over with a weakened immune system
  • additional primary doses for people with a severely weakened immune system aged 12 years old and over.