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​Need to call on the NHS this weekend? Save time by getting it right, say Southwark GPs

As we head into the long bank holiday weekend, GPs in Southwark are asking local residents to use NHS services wisely if they need medical help or advice.

Dr Jonty Heaversedge, local GP and Chair of NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: "If you need to use NHS services over the bank holiday, using the right one can ensure that you get the fastest, most appropriate treatment. Whilst many people automatically head to A&E when something goes wrong, this is often not the best option, particularly for minor problems such as coughs, colds, strains and sprains.

"A&E is for serious illness or life-threatening conditions. If you've sprained your ankle, cut your finger or are suffering with a cough or cold, you will get faster and more appropriate advice elsewhere. After all, who wants to spend their bank holiday sitting in a busy A&E department when you don't really need to?"

NHS services available Southwark residents over the bank holiday include:

  • Health Help Now – download the free app or visit to check your symptoms and find the best place for treatment nearby with live opening times.
  • Self-care – you can treat minor ailments such as coughs and colds, grazes and hangovers at home or visit your local pharmacy.
  • 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.  You can find more information about pharmacy opening hours in your area over the long weekend below. 
  • NHS 111 – NHS 111 is a free phone service that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It offers a one-stop number for patients with urgent, but not life-threatening symptoms.
  • GP out-of-hours service – there are now more GP appointments available in Southwark in the daytime, evening and at weekends. If you need to see a doctor and your surgery is closed, call the GP out-of-hours service (SELDOC) on 020 8693 9066. Local doctors and nurses staff the service and 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

PharmacyMonday 2 May 2016


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

020 7252 0084​


11am - 5pm​


289-291 Walworth Road, SE17 2TG

020 7703 4356​


11am - 5pm​


333-334 Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TB

020 7703 6149​

11am - 5pm


20 Rye Lane, SE15 5BS

020 7639 1544​


11am - 5pm​

Brockwell Park Pharmacy

7 Half Moon Lane, SE24 9JU

020 7274 3928​


10am - 6pm​

Sainbury's Pharmacy

80 Dog Kennel Hill, SE22 8AA​

020 7733 6195

8am - 8pm

Tesco Pharmacy

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16 2LL

020 7506 7549​


11am - 4pm​

Tesco Pharmacy

Old Kent Road, SE1 5HG

020 7129 8247​


11am - 4pm​

Asda Pharmacy

Old Kent Road, SE1 5AG

020 7500 7910​


9am - 6pm​

Jamaica Road Pharmacy

182 Jamaica Road, SE16 4RT

020 7237 3483​


8am - 8pm​

Morrisons Pharmacy

Aylesham Centre, Rye Lane, SE15 5EW

020 7639 0483​


9am - 5pm