Don't forget our good availability opening hours - it is usually best to contact us, your usual doctors, who hold your records and know you best.
If someone is seriously injured or ill and their life may be at risk, it is always best to ring 999
If you have an urgent non- emergency problem that cannot wait until we are next available, ring 111 the new non-emergency helpline.
These details are also repeated on our telephone answer message whenever the surgery is closed.
We are responsible for your medical care 24/7, 365 days a week and organise care during the hours when the surgery is closed (most GPs have opted out of this responsibility but we have not). The service is now provided by Care UK
The health service is becoming increasingly fragmented and there is a growing variety of out of hours services available which change from time to time and vary in different places. To help make sense of it all, try this site Right Care 4 U
- Telephone advice is available 24/7 from 111 giving details about all NHS services and can be a useful signpost which of the many services to access.
- On-line, the gives details of the entire NHS as well as useful advice about your health problems and where to seek help including a really useful symptom checker where you can try and diagnose your problem and find what to do next.
Local Out of Hours services
- Local pharmacists who are trained to give a variety of minor illness advice and stock a range of useful non-prescription medicines
- Walk-in Centres. These are run by Nurse Practitioners and can deal with a wide variety of minor illness and minor injuries
- Edgware NHS Walk-in Centre (Edgware Community Hospital) available 7am-9pm every day,
- Harrow Urgent Care Centre at Northwick Park Hospital, 24hrs a day,
- Brent Urgent Care Centre at Central Middlesex Hospital, 24hrs a day,
- Accident and Emergency (A & E or Casualty) - all 24hrs each day. For more serious conditions such as major injuries, confusional states, loss of consciousness, convulsions, bleeding that cannot be stopped, breathing difficulties etc. For less serious conditions please use the other services provided as detailed above. Attending A&E for more minor illness delays care for more seriously ill people and places a strain on the services:
- Northwick Park Hospital
- Royal Free Hospital
- Barnet General Hospital etc,
Obtaining medicines out of hours
There is a of course a huge range of useful non-prescription medicines available at chemists but if you run out of a regular prescription medicines you can obtain a supply out of hours without a prescription from a pharmacist or other source so you should never be without - this could be dangerous.
A couple of local pharmacies are open late
Peace Pharmacy (OPEN UNTIL 10pm EVERY NIGHT)
14 The Broadway, Preston Road, Wembley, HA9 8JU
Tel: 020 89042071
Warman & Freed (OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT EVERY NIGHT)
45 Golders Green Road, London, NW11 8EL
Tel: 020 8455 4351, 020 8455 7779
Many of the supermarket pharmacies are open until late also, eg ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsbury
Emergency contraception out of hours
There is a variety of methods but it is essential you use it as soon as possible after the event for best results.
You can get the emergency contraceptive pill and the IUD for free from:
- GP - we will always fit you in urgently, please ask at reception
- a contraceptive clinic (find a clinic)
- a sexual health clinic (find sexual health services)
- some genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics
- some young people's clinics (call 0800 567123)
- You can also get the emergency contraceptive pill free from:
- some pharmacies (find pharmacies near you)
- most NHS walk-in centres and minor injuries units
- some Accident and Emergency departments
There are often late evening appointments available outside this surgery with other doctors, also on Saturdays, at one of the four Brent Access Hubs. These have to be booked by our receptionists (or 111) and they are available to all Brent practices, so availability is variable. Though your records will be visible (with your consent), it is usually better to see your own doctors unless it is a one-off problem, when continuity doesn't matter so much. Details of the Access Hubs here