Know where to go for NHS care this August bank holiday weekend
The bank holiday weekend (25-27 August) is often a time for rest and relaxation, but if you are injured or become ill unexpectedly, 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 this bank holiday weekend:
- 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 information 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.
- NHS 111 service – if you need medical help, but your condition is not life threatening, you can call NHS 111. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, NHS 111 is free to call and can offer clinical advice, assessment and direction to the most appropriate local healthcare service.
- 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 on 020 8693 9066.
- 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 August bank holiday weekend, please visit NHS Choices