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​Use NHS services wisely this August bank holiday weekend

Plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines and use NHS services wisely if you have an urgent health problem over the August holiday weekend.

That's the message from GPs at NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as residents across the borough prepare to enjoy the three day break.
Dont just go to AandE August bank holiday.pngDr Jonty Heaversedge, local GP and Chair of NHS Southwark CCG, said: "There are lots of health services in Southwark that can meet your needs quickly if you are not seriously ill.

"Local pharmacies are a great place to go for advice and treatment for coughs, colds and other common illnesses. GPs provide a 24/7 out-of-hours service, and there is an Urgent Care Centre at Guy's Hospital. It is also important to plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through the bank holiday weekend when your GP surgery will be closed.

"It's important to remember that A&E is only for life-threatening illness or injury. Choosing the right service for your needs will free up A&E staff to help those patients with the most serious conditions." 

NHS services available to Southwark residents over the August bank holiday include:

  • Self-care – people suffering from minor ailments such as coughs and colds, grazes and hangovers should treat themselves at home or visit their local pharmacy. Visit for information on a range of conditions and help to find the right service to treat them.

  • Pharmacies – your local pharmacist is qualified to offer advice on health issues and medication as well as treat headaches, an upset stomach and other common illnesses.

  • GP out-of-hours service – there are now more GP appointments available in Southwark, including in the evening and at weekends. If you need to see a doctor when your GP surgery is closed, call your usual GP practice and you will be directed to the GP out-of-hours service, which is staffed by local doctors and nurses who can offer advice or, if necessary, treatment at home or in a local health centre

  • Urgent Care Centre – with no appointment necessary, your local urgent care centre is managed by doctors and nurses who deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected breaks. Your nearest centre is at Guy's Hospital (Ground Floor, Tabard Annexe) Great Maze Pond, SE1 9RT and is open every day, 8am – 8pm (last patient booked in at 7pm). Please note, the Urgent Care Centre can only see patients over 1 year old.  For younger patients, please use the children's A&E department at St. Thomas' Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7EH.

 Pharmacy opening times over August bank holiday

Pharmacy​Opening time on 31 August 2015
Asda Pharmacy - Old Kent Road, SE1 5AG​​9am - 6pm
Boots the Chemist - 20 Rye Lane, SE15 5BS​​11am - 5pm
Boots the Chemist - Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TB​10am - 4pm​
Boots the Chemist, Unit 11-13, Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16 7LL​​11am - 5pm
Boots the Chemist - 289 - 291 Walworth Road, SE17 2TG​​10am - 4pm
Morrison's Pharmacy - Aylesham Centre, Rye Lane, SE15 5EW​​9am - 6pm
Sainsbury's Pharmacy - 80 Dog Kennel Hill, SE22 8AA​​9am - 7pm
Tesco Pharmacy - Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16 2LL​​11am - 4pm
Tesco Pharmacy - Old Kent Road, SE1 5HG​​11am - 4pm
Brockwell Park Pharmacy - 7 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JU10am - 6pm