Before you start visiting friends and family, singing Christmas carols and eating too many mince pies, make sure you know what NHS services will be open this festive period in our handy holiday guide.
Many services are closed on the Bank Holidays and those that are open may have different opening times. Our Christmas guide has all the opening times laid out for you so you know exactly where and when you can go.
There’s information on what pharmacies are open and when, and details on extra GP and nurse appointments available at the Thurrock Health Hubs. From 21 December to 7 January there is a GP available at Orsett Minor Injuries Unit from 2pm - 6pm everyday except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
There’s also contact information for services in Thurrock, including mental health services for adults and children and a 24-hour, emergency contact number for Samaritans for anyone feeling distressed.
For non-urgent health and social care enquiries you can contact Thurrock First on 01375 511000, open 365 days a year 7am - 7pm.
Dr Vikram Bhat, GP Board Member and lead on planned and unplanned care said:
“Often people panic during bank holidays and go straight to emergency departments. More often than not, there is no need, as other services in Thurrock can help you.
“We are asking people to be sensible, make the right choices and access the care they need. We have pharmacies open every single day and can help with a range of ailments.
“There are out of hours GP appointments at our Health Hubs on Wednesdays, Fridays and the weekends and at Orsett Minor Injuries Unit, which is open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Don’t forget that NHS111 will provide primary care support during other times of the holiday period.
“We are saying, don’t panic, keep calm and carry our guide! Stay Well This Winter.”
Hopefully, your Christmas will go off without a hitch, but if you do need some help, make sure you have our guide at hand.
Click on the links below to download the guide and please feel free to share with friends and family: