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​Southwark GPs ask local residents to think before visiting A&E over the bank holiday

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding local people that A&E is for life-threatening illnesses only ahead of the May bank holiday weekend.

As residents prepare to enjoy the three day weekend, they are being encouraged to think before visiting their A&E department as alternative health services are available locally.

Dr Sian Howell, local GP and Clinical Lead for Primary Care Development at the CCG, wants people to know all the different services available to them in Southwark.

"Use the NHS Choices website to check out all your local services. Local pharmacies are a great place to go for advice on coughs and colds and lots of other illnesses," she said.

"GPs provide a 24/7 out-of-hours service, and there is an Urgent Care Centre at Guy's Hospital. Please only use A&E or the ambulance service if you have a life-threatening emergency – there are lots of other services that can meet your needs if you are not seriously ill."

"If you are on regular medicines, please make sure you have a good supply for the weekend," added Dr Howell.

Alternative NHS services available to Southwark residents over the May 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GP out-of-hours service – If you need to see a doctor when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services are provided by South East London Doctors On Call (SELDOC) on 020 8693 9066. SELDOC is staffed by local doctors and nurses who can offer advice or, if necessary, treatment at home or in a local health centre.

Download a guide to local alternative services.

 Pharmacy opening times over the May bank holidays

Pharmacy Monday 25 May
Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5AG
9am - 6pm
20 Rye Lane, London,  SE15 5BS
11am - 5pm
Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, SE1 6TB
10am - 5pm
Unit 11-13,Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16 7LL
11am - 5pm
289-291 Walworth Road, London, SE17 2TG
11am - 5pm
Aylesham Centre, Rye Lane, SE15 5EW 
9am - 6pm
80 Dog Kennel Hill, London, SE22 8AA
9am - 7pm
Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, SE16 2LL
9am - 6pm
Old Kent Road, London, SE1 5HG
9am - 4pm
7 Half Moon Lane, London, SE24 9JU
10am - 6pm