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​Use A&E responsibly this Easter

With Easter just around the corner, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging local patients to think before visiting their A&E department over the four day weekend.

As many people prepare to tackle the garden, dabble in DIY and spend time with friends and family, residents are being reminded that A&E is for life-threatening illnesses only and that alternative health services are available locally.

Easter is a busy time for local A&E departments and there are other health services in Southwark that can provide quicker and more appropriate treatment if you have a minor injury or ailment.

You can get expert advice and treatment from alternatives including:

  • 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. There is also lots of useful health advice and information available at

  • 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. Plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through the Easter holidays when your GP practice is closed. See below for a list of pharmacies open over Easter.

  • Your GP – your GP is your first port of call for on-going illnesses or injuries. Check with you surgery for their Easter opening hours.

  • GP out-of-hours service – many GP surgeries are now open longer hours, however, if your surgery is closed you will be redirected to the GP out-of hours service provided by South East London Doctors on Call (SELDOC) or you can call them direct on 0208 693 9066. This service may provide you with an over-the-phone consultation or ask you to attend one of their clinics for an out-of-hours appointment.

  • Guy's Urgent Care Centre – treats people aged one year old and above and no appointment is necessary. The service is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains, infections and broken bones. The service is open 8am-8pm, 7 days a week (last patient at 7pm). Guy's Urgent Care Centre, Guy's Hospital Tabard Annexe, Great Maze Pond, SE1 9RT.

Download a guide to local alternative services.


Pharmacy opening times over Easter bank holidays 



Good Friday

03 April 2015

Easter Sunday

05 April 2015

Easter Monday

06 April 2015

Asda Pharmacy

Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5AG

9am - 6pmClosed9am - 6pm


20 Rye Lane, London, SE15 5BS

9am - 6pmClosed10am - 5pm


Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, London, SE1 6TB

9am - 7pmClosed10am - 5pm


Unit 11-13 Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, London SE16 7LL

9am - 6.30pmClosed10am - 5pm


289-291 Walworth Road, London, SE17 2TG

9am - 6pmClosed10am - 5pm

Jamaica Road Pharmacy

182 Jamaica Road

London, SE16 4RT

10.30am – 8.80pmClosed10.30am – 8.30pm

Morrisons Pharmacy

Aylesham Centre, Rye Lane, SE15 5EW

9am - 6pm Closed9am - 6pm

Sainsbury's Pharmacy

Guy's Hospital, London,


Closed9am - 6pmClosed

Sainsbury's Pharmacy

80 Dog Kennel Hill, London, SE22 8AA

7am - 19pmClosed9am - 7pm

Tesco Pharmacy

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, London, SE16 2LL

11am - 4pmClosed11am - 4pm

Tesco Pharmacy

Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5HG

11am - 4pm Closed11am - 4pm​​