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Guide to getting medical help this Easter weekend

It's a four day weekend this weekend, but if you need medical help that isn't an emergency or life-threatening, here is what's available locally.

Here's what's open over the Easter weekend.

NHS 111 

Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs. 

They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.


Pharmacies are open across the area during Easter; some are even open on Easter Sunday. Pharmacies can help with a range of things including aches, hangovers, colds, emergency contraception, and non-prescription medication. Opening times for pharmacies can be found HERE or you can dial 111.

Mental Health – 111 option 2 

There is a new First Response Service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which gives those in mental health crisis the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2. 

The new service allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff who can provide advice, support, and signposting to other services. The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Minor Illness and Injury Units (MIU)

Minor Illness and Injury Units can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings. Opening hours are as follows:

Peterborough MIIU - Thorpe Road,

Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm
Open seven days a week, including weekends and Bank Holidays (Good Friday and Easter Monday)

Ely MIU - Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs CB6 1DN

Monday – Friday: 8.30am-6pm
Saturday/Sunday: 8.30-6pm
Good Friday: 8.30-6pm
Easter Monday: 8.30-6pm

Doddington MIU - Benwick Road, Doddington, Cambs PE15 0UG

Monday – Friday: 8.30am-6pm
Saturday/Sunday: 9am-5pm
Good Friday: 9am-5pm
Easter Monday: 9am-5pm

North Cambs Hospital, The Park, Wisbech, Cambs PE13 3AB

Monday -Friday – 8.30-6pm
Saturday/Sunday – closed
Good Friday and Easter Monday - closed