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Help us help you to be Easter ready in Thanet

User AvatarPosted by Daniel Harper at 27/03/2019 10:39:30

Doctors in east Kent are encouraging people to be Easter ready by stocking up medicine cabinets and ordering repeat prescriptions in plenty of time as the start of the school holidays approach.

They are also reminding anyone who is going away on holiday to make sure they take their medication with them.

Dr Jihad Malasi, chair of NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "Why not take time now to restock your medicine cabinet with essentials such as paracetamol, plasters and children’s medicine - remembering to keep all drugs safely out of reach of children - to avoid an urgent trip out over the Easter bank holiday weekend?

“If you need prescribed medication, make sure you have enough especially if you are going away.

“GP practices in east Kent are offering additional appointments over the whole of the Easter weekend starting with the evening of Thursday 18 April through to Easter Monday.  These appointments will not necessarily be at your usual GP practice, but the health professionals treating you will be able to see your full medical record, with your consent.”

Patients who need an appointment will be allocated the most suitable clinician for their need and should contact their normal GP practice before Good Friday to book one of these appointments.  These additional appointments are available during the rest of the year every weekday evening until 8pm and on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Pharmacists can offer help and advice on many illnesses, such as colds and fevers, which can be treated at home without the need to see a doctor

There are local pharmacies open on Good Friday, Saturday as usual, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. People can find their nearest pharmacy by using Health Help Now, which is available on the web at www.healthhelpnow.nhs.uk or it can be downloaded from the Google Play and the App Store.  Health Help Now will also show details of other local services open over the Easter period.

Minor injury units

There are also six minor injury units (MIUs) in east Kent and an urgent treatment centre (UTC) which can treat a number of conditions. Patients are often seen much quicker at an MIU or UTC than an A&E department. Health Help Now links to the WaitLess app that shows waiting times for treatment for minor injuries in east Kent.


  • Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road, CT1 3NG Tel: 01227 864244
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • X-ray - Mon – Fri: 8am to 8pm, Sat & Sun: 8am to 4pm


  • Victoria Hospital Minor Injury Unit, London Road, CT14 9UA Tel: 01304 865420
  • Open daily, 8am to 8pm
  • X-ray - Mon – Fri: 9am to 4.45pm


  • Buckland Hospital, Coombe Valley Road, CT17 0HD Tel: 01304 222621
  • Open daily, 8am to 8pm
  • X-ray - Mon – Fri: 9am to 4.45pm

Herne Bay 

  • Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, King Edward Avenue, CT6 6EB Tel: 01227 594700
  • Open daily, 8am to 8pm
  • X-ray, phone for times


  • Faversham Health Centre, Bank Street, ME13 8QR Tel: 01795 562005
  • Open daily, 8am to 8pm
  • X-ray - Mon – Fri: 10am to 4pm


  • Royal Victoria Hospital, Radnor Park Avenue, CT19 5BN Tel: 01303 852727
  • Open daily, 8am to 8pm
  • X-ray - Mon - Fri: 9am to 5pm

Whitstable (Urgent Treatment Centre)

Estuary View Medical Centre, Boorman Way, CT5 3SE (Sat nav: CT5 3RL) Tel: 01227 284300
Open daily, 8am to 8pm
X-ray – Daily: 8am to 8pm


  • The Dementia Helpline is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Kent Mental Health Matters support line (08001 070160) is open all hours.

Samaritans provides confidential support for anyone feeling down, depressed or anxious, as well as those who may be feeling despair. Volunteers can be contacted 24/7 on 116 123 (UK), or email jo@samaritans.org or face-to-face; visit www.samaritans.org for details of your local branch.

If you need urgent medical help but it is not a 999 emergency, call the free NHS 111 phone service.

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