Health services available over the Bank Holiday weekend in Southwark
The Bank Holiday weekend is not far away, and this means your GP practice will be closed. Bank Holidays are a busy time for your GP practice and local hospitals, so to ensure that everyone can receive the right care and treatment, it is important to know where the best place is for you to go for your health needs.
If you take prescribed medication regularly, make sure you have enough supplies to last over the holiday time and get requests for repeat prescriptions into your GP as soon as possible. It's also a good idea to check your medicine cabinet to make sure it is well stocked and buy anything you need before the holiday period.
Over the Bank Holiday weekend, there are a number of services available in Southwark:
- Visit your local pharmacy - If you need help with a short term illness or complaint over the Bank Holiday, your local pharmacy can help. Some pharmacies will be open on Bank Holidays, but please check opening hours before you go.
- Evening and weekend appointments - Extra GP and nurse appointments are available from 8am to 8pm seven days week at two locations in Southwark; Lister Health Centre in Peckham and Spa Medical Centre in Bermondsey. To book an appointment call your GP surgery, or call the GP out-of-hours service on 020 8693 9066 if your surgery is closed.
- Unsure which local health service to use? - When it's not an emergency, call the free NHS 111 service to receive medical attention urgently. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It's recently been enhanced and can now offer clinical advice, assessment and direction to the most appropriate healthcare service.
- Dial 999 – If there is a medical emergency or someone you know is in a life-threatening situation (e.g chest pains, difficulty breathing) dial 999 or visit A&E. Remember, A&E services are likely to be very busy so should only be used in emergency situations.
For further information, please visit www.nhs.uk/staywell