NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is urging everyone to ensure they are prepared for the Easter bank holiday. As most GP surgeries will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday (30th March and 2nd April 2018):
- Anyone who takes regular medication should check they have enough to last until at least the week after Easter. Patients should ask for a repeat prescription in plenty of time but only order what they need. Stockpiling of medication is potentially risky and wastes NHS resources.
- Take time to restock medicine cabinets while shopping for Easter eggs or hot cross buns. It is better to have painkillers or plasters in the house than having to drive around looking for them when many shops are closed.
- Those with smartphones or computers should download the Health Help Now web app from www.healthhelpnow-nhs.net or from Google Play or the App Store. It can guide you to the best service for your symptoms.
A well-stocked medicine cabinet should include:
- Painkillers (paracetamol and ibuprofen – including child versions if you have children under 12)
- Plasters, bandages and sticking tape
- Antiseptic cream
- Rehydration salts
- Indigestion treatments
- Antihistamines (such as hay fever tablets and insect bite creams).
Accident & Emergency
The A&E department at Darent Valley Hospital will be open throughout the Easter holiday for emergencies.
Minor injuries and walk-in centres
Trained nurses at minor injury units (MIUs) can assess and treat cuts, sprains, minor burns, minor dislocations of the fingers and toes, minor eye injuries and remove foreign bodies from, for example, ears and noses. MIUs cannot treat babies under a year old. Both MIUs and GP-led walk-in centres are open every day of the year.
- Minor Injury Unit, Gravesham Community Hospital, Bath Street, Gravesend, DA11 0DG. Tel: 01474 360500. 8am – 8pm
- White Horse walk-in centre, Vale Road, Gravesend, DA11 8BZ. Tel 0300 030 0000. 8am – 6.30pm.
- Sittingbourne Memorial Hospital: Bell Road, Sittingbourne, ME10 4DT. Phone: 01795 418300. Open 9am to 9pm, every day of the year.
- Sheppey Community Hospital: Plover Road, Minster, ME12 3LT. Phone: 01795 879100. Open 9am to 9pm, every day of the year.
Urgent Care Centres
Treat conditions such as minors cuts, bites, stings, burns, injuries, sprains, infections, minor eye injuries, fractures, minor chest, neck and back injuries and pain.
- Urgent Care Centre (UCC) at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup, Kent DA14 6LT. Tel: 0208 308 5611. This is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
- Erith Urgent Care Centre, Erith & District Hospital, Hind Crescent. Open Monday to Sunday 8.00am to 10.00pm
- Woolwich Urgent Care Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road , London, Greater London, SE18 4QH
For emergency dental care, contact your own dentist first. At evenings, weekends and bank holidays (8.30am to 1.25pm) you can call DentaLine on 01634 890300.
Free confidential emotional advice and guidance is available 24 hours a day, every day, from the Mental Health Matters helpline on 0800 107 0160 from landlines, and 03003 305486 from mobiles. The Samaritans are on 116 123.
Some pharmacies will be open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday. Those which normally open on Saturday will be open as usual on Easter Saturday. Pharmacists can provide advice on many common illnesses and advice on medication. To find out which pharmacies are open during the Easter break please click on this link: https://www.england.nhs.uk/south-east/our-work/info-professionals/pharmacy/change-of-opening-hours/