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Be safe this summer in Southwark

NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group is urging local people to stay safe in the heat as temperatures rise across the capital.

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long there are health risks. There are lots of ways to make sure you are protected but it’s important to look out for the people who are most vulnerable.

General tips for being sun safe are:
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm
  • wear sunscreen and reapply regularly
  • wear loose cotton clothing
  • drink lots of cool drinks to stay hydrated
  • seek shade
  • wear sunglasses and a hat
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals

If you have any health concerns for yourself or for someone you know, contact your GP or pharmacist. Summer conditions such as sunburn and dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available Southwark from services that may be closer than you think.

Dr Jacques Mizan, local GP and clinical lead for prevention at NHS Southwark CCG, said:

“As summer starts it’s important to remember that A&E is for serious emergencies only and that health services that can better meet your needs may be closer than you think.

“Hospitals are very busy places all year round, including summer, with A&E staff dealing with life threatening emergencies, like strokes and heart attacks.
“If you become ill over the summer it is important to think about which local health service is right for you, rather than just going straight to A&E.”

Alternative NHS services available to Southwark residents:
  • Self-care – people suffering from minor ailments such as sunburn, hay fever or dehydration 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 broken bones, burns, wounds, sprains and infections. 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 alternative local services.​

Older and vulnerable people

A heatwave can affect anyone, but older people, especially those over 75 are particularly vulnerable . Read advice from Age UK Lewisham and Southwark on how to stay cool in hot weather.