GPs available over Christmas in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge

Barking GP Dr Jagan John

Barking GP Dr Jagan John says doctors will offer flexible appointments across the festive season including Christmas Day. - Credit: Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group

Knowing the right place for medical help over the Christmas holidays can help you get the treatment you need faster.

You can get an appointment with a GP from 8am to 8pm on all of the bank holidays, including on Christmas Day.

Out of hours GP hub appointments are available every normal weekday evening between 6.30pm and 10pm, and between 8am and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

You can book these appointments by calling the GP hubs booking hotline on 020 3770 1888 (open from 8am to 8pm) or by calling 111. If you have any urgent medical need, you can visit NHS 111 online for advice any time.

The Harold Wood Polyclinic

The Harold Wood Polyclinic, Gubbins Lane, is open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week. - Credit: John Hercock

You can also get help with minor injuries and illnesses at the community Urgent Treatment Centres at Barking Community Hospital, Upney Lane, and Harold Wood Polyclinic, Gubbins Lane. These are open 8am to 9pm, seven days a week. You can call NHS 111 to book an appointment or walk in and wait to be seen.

NHS 111 can arrange an urgent face-to-face A&E appointment during an allocated timeslot anywhere in London, if someone needs it - meaning shorter waiting times and fewer people in A&E. If needed, an ambulance can also be despatched.

If you can, order enough medication to last you over the Christmas holidays. However some community pharmacies will also be open on bank holidays. Before visiting your local pharmacy, first check the opening hours on the NHS.UK website. When you visit you must comply with the social distancing measures in place to protect yourself and staff.

You can also access Covid-19 testing throughout the holiday period. More information is here:

Dr Jagan John, a local GP and chair of NHS Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We understand that during the holidays, you can sometimes need an appointment with a GP or nurse outside normal working hours.

“This year we’re offering people flexible appointments across evenings and weekends and bank holidays, including Christmas day. The way we have been seeing patients has changed this year to keep everyone safe from Covid but rest assured you will be properly assessed and if required, seen face-to-face.”