Know your NHS care options this Easter bank holiday
If you’re feeling unwell over the Easter bank
holiday weekend (19-22 April) the NHS is still on hand to help.
By knowing your options and choosing the right place to go
for healthcare, you can receive advice and treatment more quickly – saving
yourself time and allowing our emergency services and A&E departments to
focus on those who need life-saving care.
People in Southwark have a number of healthcare options:
Self-care – keep your medicine
cabinet well stocked with basic items such as painkillers, anti-diarrhoea
tablets and indigestion treatment. If you take prescribed medication regularly,
make sure you have supplies to last over the bank holiday weekend and get any
request for repeat prescriptions into your GP as soon as possible. Read
more about looking after your health.
Visit your local pharmacy – many
common illnesses, such as sore throats, upset stomachs and teething, can be
treated quickly and easily by visiting your local
pharmacy. Pharmacists are trained health professionals who can assess
symptoms, offer advice and recommend over-the-counter medicines. Some
pharmacies in Southwark will be open over the bank holiday weekend, but please
check the list of pharmacy opening hours before you go.
Evening and weekend appointments – Extra
GP and nurse appointments are available from 8am-8pm, seven days a week,
including bank holidays, at two locations in Southwark: Lister Health Centre in
Peckham and Spa Medical Centre in Bermondsey. To book an appointment, speak to
your GP surgery, or if your surgery is closed, call the GP out-of-hours service
NHS 111 service – if you need medical help, but your condition is not life threatening, you can call NHS 111. The new 111 Integrated Urgent Care service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by GPs, pharmacists and nurses who can offer clinical consultations. The service can also provide patient information, issue prescriptions and book GP appointments.
Mental health support – if you are experiencing mental health distress and need to speak to someone urgently, you can call the 24-hour mental health support line for free on 0800 731 2864.
Urgent care centres –There are urgent care centres located at both King’s College Hospital and Guy’s Hospital for urgent medical needs that are non-life threatening. The Urgent Care Centre located at King’s College Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the Guy’s Urgent Care Centre is open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week.
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 an emergency.
For more advice on how to stay well over the Easter bank
holiday weekend, please visit the NHS website.