Harrow residents are being urged to use local healthcare services wisely as local hospitals are currently very busy. The situation is made more challenging due to the ongoing junior doctors’ strikes which started on Monday 13 March and are set to continue until this coming Thursday, 16 March.
While it is crucial for those who need urgent medical care to come forward, the NHS is asking patients to use services wisely and help ensure that care is available to patients who need it most. Local pharmacies, GPs, and NHS 111 can help with many minor and non-urgent medical situations. Only use 999 or go to A&E if it is a life-threatening emergency.
Local pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can help with many minor conditions without the need for an appointment. Harrow residents can contact their local surgery, which may offer an appointment in person, over the phone or online. If prescription medication is needed, GP practices can arrange for it to be collected at a pharmacy near them. Those not registered with a GP can visit the NHS website to find a local doctor.
The NHS 111 helpline is available all day, every day, and provides advice and direction to the best place to go if urgent medical care is needed. The helpline may also book appointments if required. For those experiencing mental health issues, NHS Talking Therapies can provide support. The NHS also provides freephone lines for those in a mental health crisis. These are as follows –
If you need help in a mental health crisis, Harrow and Brent residents can get help by calling 0800 0234 650. This number can also be used for people living in Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, and Westminster.
It is important to remember that while hospitals are busy, it is essential to seek urgent medical attention when someone is seriously ill, injured, or whose life is at risk. The NHS is doing its best to provide the best possible care to everyone who needs it during this challenging time.