Help us help you get health help

Published: 27 April 2023

Image of a very busy A&E department.

As we go in to May there are three Bank Holidays which can put pressure on NHS services. A nurses strike is also planned for 30 April and 1 May with the bank holidays on 1, 8 and 29 May.

By getting your prescriptions early, using the NHS111 service instead of going to A&E, or by going to pharmacies for help with minor health issues, you can make a big difference and help other patients during this challenging time. Doing this ensures we are able to respond to patients who really need them and protect patients from harm.

Despite this, please do call 999 especially in life and limb-threatening emergencies.

If you need urgent medical help but it isn’t an emergency, please contact NHS111 online or by phone. For more routine and minor health concerns go to your pharmacy or your GP.

If you have a healthcare appointment booked, please attend as normal. You will be contacted by the NHS if your appointment has to be postponed.

More information on health services in Hertfordshire and west Essex can be found at