Bank Holiday Health Advice

GP practices in East Suffolk will be closed on bank holiday Monday May 25 – but help is available

  • Please check you’ll have enough repeat prescription medicine to last over the holiday weekend
  • If you have any concerns about coronavirus you should firstly visit the NHS 111 Online symptom checker for help and advice. It’s very important you do not go to your hospital’s emergency department or the local pharmacy as you could potentially be spreading the virus
  • If you are feeling unwell with a non-coronavirus related concern then please speak to your local pharmacy or call NHS 111 or visit NHS  111 Online
  • Some pharmacies will be open on the day
  • First Response 24/7 mental health advice and support is available. If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health call the helpline on 0808 196 3494
  • Online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for young people aged 11 – 25 years is available from Kooth and the Wellbeing Suffolk service offers a range of wellbeing support

Further information can be found at the NHS website

Foster Carers Needed

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected almost every aspects of our daily lives and whilst we are all in lockdown or self-isolation, there are still thousands of vulnerable young people coming into care, in need of a safe and nurturing home. Nexus Fostering desperately need to recruit more foster carers, even amid the coronavirus outbreak.

More information can be found on the website www.nexusfostering.co.uk or call 0800 389 0143.

OneLife Suffolk – supporting you to have a healthy lifestyle

During this difficult time, OneLife Suffolk are here to support you by offering our FREE services in the safety of your own home. Our dedicated teams can help you stop smoking, offer advice and support with managing your weight along with how to get active safely during this time. Our Children’s team are also running a fun, informative programme for all children in Suffolk to participate in, which includes free webinars accessible from our website.

Please see our website, www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk for more information about how we can support you and your family, alternatively speak to a member of our Client Services Team on 01473 718193.

GPs and Community Pharmacies open on Friday 8th May

All GP practices in East Suffolk will be open as normal on Friday’s bank holiday (May 8) – in support of the national campaign to encourage people to get the medical help they need.

Anyone wishing to contact their GP practice should do so by telephone or online.

Most community pharmacies will also be open on the bank holiday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for prescriptions and health advice. Patients showing coronavirus symptoms should not visit the pharmacy but can telephone for help and support.

24/7 mental health advice and support is available from First Response, a service delivered by the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health call the helpline on 0808 196 3494.

Online counselling and emotional wellbeing support for young people aged 11 – 25 years is available from Kooth and the Wellbeing Suffolk service offers a range of wellbeing support.