Junior doctor’s strike: think GP or pharmacist on 26 and 27 April

Patients who are in need of health advice or treatment but who don’t require urgent hospital support are being urged to make their GP or community pharmacist their first call during the strike, where they will generally be seen more quickly and closer to home.

GP practices will offer same day appointments wherever possible, and the Duty Doctor scheme is in place across City and Hackney, meaning that a doctor from your practice can call you back to discuss the best course of action, including getting you an appointment that day if you need one.

City and Hackney Urgent Healthcare Social Enterprise (CHUHSE) will be operating out of hours GP services as usual, and is staffed by qualified medical staff who can help if you need urgent assistance when your doctor is closed but it's not a 999 emergency. Call 020 8185 0545 between 6.30pm and 8am.

Community pharmacists can offer advice, guidance and treatment for a whole range of symptoms and you don't need an appointment. It's quick and convenient with nearly 50 pharmacies in the area, some of which are open during the evening.

You can find more general information from the NHS about the strike here.