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GP practices in north east Essex open at Easter - but please don't just turn up

 

All GP practices in north east Essex will be open on Good Friday (10 April) and Easter Monday (13 April), with their normal weekday opening times.

Weekend appointments are also available for Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April. These can be booked in advance with your GP practice, up to and including Friday 10 April.

Please be aware that if you are offered a weekend appointment, it may be at a partnering surgery, rather than your own practice.

If you fall ill over the weekend, please call your practice.

People must not turn up at their GP practice unless specifically invited to attend. The aim is to ensure people without coronavirus symptoms can access primary care services as well as support the wider NHS system during this very busy time.

Many local pharmacies will also be open over the Easter weekend. People can check the opening times of their local pharmacy via the NHS website.

Dr Hasan Chowhan, a GP in Colchester and chairman of NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I would encourage anyone who feels unwell to firstly visit the NHS 111 Online symptom checker or contact their pharmacy for help and advice.

“GP practice appointments will be available, but it is really important that you only go to your GP practice if you are asked to do so. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms of a high temperature and new, continuous cough should stay away, remain at home and seek advice from NHS 111 Online.

“Please do not go to your GP practice, pharmacy or hospital for advice as you risk spreading the virus to others. Anyone who needs to self-isolate and requires an isolation note for their employer can access one at NHS 111 Online; you do not need to ask your GP for this.”