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A new campaign encouraging Londoners to stay safe in the City this festive period has been launched.

The month-long campaign is run by the City of London Corporation supported by the Mayor of London.

This festive period we want Londoners to have a good time, eat, drink and be merry but to stay safe and not ruin their night by ending up ill. We want them to think of three wise things - Eat, Pace, Plan. If it is your office party tonight remember to plan your journey home in advance, check the train or bus times and only use licenced taxis. Don’t just think about how to get there; think about how you will get home. By taking a few, good steps and some simple party planning everyone can have a fun night out. #EatPacePlan  

Find out what all parents of babies and toddlers should have at home if their child is unwell. From liquid paracetamol or ibruprofen, a thermometer to test your child’s temperature to antiseptic cream and plasters. Your pharmacist can help with all of these.

What to do if your child is unwell guide (PDF 325MB)

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech impairment, you can now contact King George and Queen’s hospitals by text message via your mobile phone.

It can be used if you are unable to make your appointment, need to change the time or to confirm any other information with us.

All you need to do is send a text message letting them know what they can help with and you will get a reply back via text message.

The number is 07800 005 502 or email

Access to GP's outside practice hours 

Evening and weekend appointments to see a nurse or doctor are available at local centres (or GP access hubs) that have been set up by Redbridge GPs.

The appointment will be made at 3 local centres in Redbridge and consultations are by appointment only. There is no walk-in service at these centres. Appointments are available from 6:30pm to 10pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 8pm at weekends and on bank holidays.

The GP access hubs are for urgent conditions that are usually dealt with by your GP. It is not for ongoing chronic problems like heart disease and not for emergencies.

To make an appointment call 020 3770 1888. The appointment line is open Monday to Friday from 2pm to 9pm, and from 9am to 6pm on weekends and bank holidays.

At other times, you can call NHS 111 for advice and help with urgent health issues.

A walk-in GP service is available at Loxford Polyclinic, 417 Ilford Lane, Ilford IG1 2SN. Telephone 020 8822 3800. It is open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

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