Staying safe in hot weather
A heatwave can affect anyone, but some people are more vulnerable and at risk. Here are some tips for staying safe and coping with the heat.
Help support carers in Southwark
GPs in Southwark are celebrating the vital work of the borough’s carers – and backing a national call to ensure they are looked after themselves.
NHS 111 online in Southwark
If you're worried about an urgent medical concern, you can get help and advice online using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Take the heart age test
Adults across Southwark are being encouraged to take a few minutes out of their day to find out their heart age with a free online test.
Digging for Dulwich Health Centre
A traditional ground breaking ceremony took place on Friday 20 July to mark the first official day of construction of a new health centre in Dulwich.
Get Active this Summer Holiday with your Kids!
The Change4Life campaign is encouraging families in the UK to make healthier choices. There are themed months throughout the year, and this summer Change4Life is encouraging families to get active. Kids need to be active for 60 minutes a day.
Your feedback needed!
Construction work has now begun on the new health centre at the site of the old Dulwich hospital. We are now looking how we can improve the services provided at the new health centre, including general practice services.
Improving our local health and care services
Local care networks involve health and social care providers, voluntary sector services and local people working together to improve care by addressing all of a person’s needs.
Men are more likely to get diabetes then women
This week marks Men’s Health Week with a focus on men and diabetes. Men are more likely to get diabetes than women. They will also have more complications, including amputation of feet or limbs and even death.
Recognising Carers Contribution to the NHS this Carer’s Week
Dr Jonty Heaversedge said: "The reality is that we are all living longer and that brings its own challenges in terms of deteriorating health. There is a steady growth in long-term conditions, such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease, and dementia.
Top tips for improving services at your GP surgery
As part of national Patient Participation Group Awareness Week, we have created some top tips to develop strong and vibrant PPGs, and to encourage more people to become involved and have a better understanding of how surgeries work.
Walk your way to health
A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a big difference to your health. Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping.
Be prepared for Easter Bank Holidays
Easter is early this year - and not far away! Remember that your GP surgery will be closed on Bank Holidays, so it's wise to make sure you have your health needs covered.
Help ease pressure on local services
Health services are under significant pressure both in hospitals and in the community.Please only use health services if you really need to and manage minor conditions such as a cough or cold at home.
Extra GP and nurse appointments
GPs and nurses in Southwark want to raise awareness of the availability of extra GP and nurse appointments in the borough, available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.
Your health this Christmas
By being prepared and knowing where to get help and advice when you need it, being ill need not spoil your fun this Christmas.
Get well without antibiotics
With bugs and infections on the rise, Southwark patients should bear in mind that antibiotics may not always be the answer this winter
Healthy Living Week 2017
We're joining more than 100 organisations across London in hosting a wide range of activities and events that promote health and wellbeing during Healthy Living Week 2017.
Ask About Asthma this autumn
We're supporting the Healthy London Partnership and NHS England London campaign #AskAboutAsthma, to help improve the lives of those in Southwark living with asthma.
Health care over the Bank Holiday
Patients registered with a Southwark GP are reminded that appointments are available over the Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 August), 8am to 8pm, through our extended primary care service.
Include asthma care on your back-to-school checklist
As the summer holidays draw to a close, parents and children are starting to prepare for the return to school. If you have a child who suffers from asthma, you would be advised to think about this too, amid the business of new uniforms, bags, etc.
Are you OK, London
Everyone who lives and works in Southwark is being invited to join a new citywide movement that aims to get everyone in the capital talking about mental health and wellbeing, and taking action to make London the happiest, healthiest city in the world.
New role for CCG Chair
NHS England (London) has announced its new Medical Director for Primary Care and Digital Transformation - Chair of NHS Southwark CCG, Dr Jonty Heaversedge.
Grange Road Practice
Grange Road Practice will close on 30 June. The CCG has written to all patients to tell them where their nearest practices are and how to register.
Our guide for parents and carers of children under 5
Most of the problems you will come up against are simply an everyday part of growing up. Almost all babies, toddlers and children will get the most common childhood illnesses like chickenpox, colds, sore throats and ear infections.
New HIV Champion for Southwark
The CCG is pleased to announce the appointment of an HIV Clinical Champion to support practices and federations in raising the profile of HIV in Southwark.
Your health over the Bank Holiday
Residents in Southwark are reminded that GP appointments are available on Bank Holiday Monday (May 29), 8am to 8pm, through our extended primary care service.
Be Clear on Cancer this summer
Got a cough that won't go away? Is breathlessness making simple tasks difficult? If you have any respiratory symptoms that are causing you concern, get them checked out straight away.
Looking after your health this Easter
Residents in Southwark are reminded that GP appointments are available every day over Easter, 8am to 8pm, through our extended primary care service. See also Easter opening times for Southwark pharmacies.
Book your GP appointment online
Southwark residents registered with a local GP surgery can now book or cancel appointments, access their medical records and order repeat prescriptions online.
Be Food Smart
Change4Life have developed the Be Food Smart app – with a simple scan families can see what’s in their food and drinks, along with some handy hints and tips!
Extra nurse and GP appointments
Extra GP and nurse appointments are now available in locations across Lambeth and Southwark in the daytime, evening and at weekends.
Get set for a healthy Christmas break
Christmas is just around the corner, so now is the time to make simple preparations to help you and your family should you become unwell over the festive season.
Improvements to GP facilities in Peckham
Two GP surgeries in Peckham will be relocating to new premises where they will continue to provide GP practice services for their patients now and in the future.
The Great Weight Debate
Local residents are invited to share their views on how children can be supported to lead healthier lives as part of a London-wide campaign The Great Weight Debate – a London conversation on childhood obesity.
Changes to HIV care and support services
Between May and June 2016, Southwark CCG, supported by our sexual health commissioning team, based at Lambeth Council, worked together to consult on proposals to change how people living with HIV access advice and counselling services.
New programme develops health leaders in Southwark
A highly innovative programme to develop leadership skills across primary care in Lambeth and Southwark has had a substantial impact on new models of care in the area, says an independent evaluation published this week (6 September).
Diabetes services and support in Southwark
Southwark GPs and nurses are encouraging local people to find out the truth about diabetes and what it's like to live with the condition during Diabetes Awareness Week, which runs from 12-18 June.
Southwark GPs support Mental Health Awareness Week 2016
Good relationships help us to live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. Supportive connections we share with friends, family and our community are critical to our health and wellbeing.
Tips for a healthy heart
GPs in Southwark are encouraging local residents to get 'heart smart' throughout February to reduce their risk of developing Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) in support of National Heart Month.
Get 'sugar smart' with free app
Southwark parents are encouraged to get 'sugar smart' by using a new app to give families the knowledge and tools they need to help them cut down on sugar.
Get prepared and stay well this winter
Cold weather does not have to go hand in hand with illness. That's the message from Southwark GPs who are calling on local residents to prepare for winter and follow advice on how to stay healthy.
Self care for life
Local GPs in Southwark are joining NHS organisations across the country to raise awareness about self care and why it's important to choose well when accessing local health services.
Join the Movember movement
Movember, the month formerly known as ‘November’, launches its 2015 campaign encouraging men and women to sign up and grow a mo or commit to MOVE to raise awareness and funds for men’s health.
Ending our love affair with sugar
Find out how to reduce your added sugar intake for a healthier lifestyle in this monthly column from our Chair, Dr Jonty Heaversedge.
Tell the NHS what you think of 111
Around 26,000 calls are made to NHS 111 in south east London every month. And if you’ve used it, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to know what you think of the service.
Local doctors support breastfeeding week
World Breastfeeding Week 2015 is once again supporting and empowering women to breastfeed. Whether women are working in the formal, non-formal or home setting – the week is all about women's right to breastfeed anywhere and everywhere.
Patients choose pharmacy first
Since its launch in April 2015, nearly 2000 people have used NHS Southwark CCG’s new Pharmacy First scheme. Hay fever, headache, raised temperature and cold and flu were the top reasons for people seeking advice.
Transforming primary care in Southwark
Find out how the CCG is taking greater responsibility in the design, shaping and commissioning of local general practices, in a joint commissioning arrangement with NHS England.
Do you know the symptoms of bowel cancer?
April is bowel cancer awareness month. GPs at NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) want to reassure residents that there really is no reason to feel embarrassed to talk to them about your bowels.
Pregnant? New mum? Get your free vitamin D
When you’re pregnant, you need to take supplements to provide your baby with enough vitamin D for the first few months of its life. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for keeping bones healthy throughout life.
Dr Know - heartburn for more than three weeks?
Most people will experience heartburn at some point in their life – but if it happens most days for three weeks or more it's time to get some advice. If you're taking medicine and it isn't helping, you should see your doctor.
Brand new health centre to be built in Dulwich
The local NHS in Southwark has announced today that the planned health centre in Dulwich will be a new build. The proposal is to build the new centre in the south east corner of the current Dulwich hospital site.
Can you stay off the booze for 31 days?
Drinking alcohol is something most people do because it makes them feel good, but if the amount of alcohol you are drinking isn't kept in check it can soon become a problem.
Keep Warm and Well in Winter
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia; this is particularly true for older people.
The NHS yellow men are back in Southwark
Anyone passing through Peckham Square on 7 November will notice a family of seven-foot tall yellow figures with various ailments. The giant statues are part of an NHS campaign to raise awareness of alternative services to A&E.
Made in Movember
Movember - the worldwide moustache growing phenomena with comic appeal – returns this month with a serious message for men's health.
Southwark is front runner for Better Care Fund
Today Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced the Government's Better Care Fund. After rigorous assessments and assurance testing over the past few months Southwark has been given approval without conditions.
Join the Stoptober Challenge this October!
The Stoptober challenge returns this month. The 28-day stop smoking challenge saw nearly a quarter of a million people in England and Wales sign up to Stoptober last year, pledging to stop smoking for 28 days.
Breast cancer awareness month
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK. One in eight women in the UK will be affected in their lifetime and around 50,000 women are diagnosed every year.
NHS Southwark CCG Annual Report
NHS Southwark CCG is pleased to present its Annual Report for the year 2013-14.
The Annual Report describes the achievements the CCG has made within health and social care commissioning over the past year.
Sexual Health Awareness Week 2014
It’s Sexual Health Awareness Week from 15 to 21 September, and this year we’re talking about emergency contraception. Not everything in life always goes according to plan, and that includes contraception.
World Suicide Prevention Day 2014
Next month, September 10, marks International Suicide Prevention Day. In England & Wales, suicide is the leading cause of death for 20-34 year olds, and the leading cause of death in men aged 20-49.
Hepatitis: think again
As part of World Hepatitis Day NHS Southwark CCG is encouraging people to Think Again about viral hepatitis. In Southwark it is estimated that 2,694 people are chronically infected. However, viral hepatitis is preventable and treatable.
GPs and patients give local CCG top marks
National CCG survey results announced today show that NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group has strong relationships with local patients, its GP practice members and wider stakeholders.
Sickle cell and thalassaemia awareness month
NHS Southwark CCG is raising awareness of sickle cell and thalassaemia as part of the national campaign. Sickle cell and thalassaemia are inherited blood disorders which affect your red blood cells.
Stay safe in the heat 2014
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.
NHS Southwark CCG announces new Chair
Southwark GP leads have elected Dr Jonty Heaversedge as the new Chair of NHS Southwark CCG. He will be taking over from the current Chair, Dr Amr Zeineldine, who is stepping down having come to the end of his two year tenure.
Carers week: our pledges to improve care
NHS Southwark CCG is raising awareness as part of Carers Week in June. This year the campaign is about 'Carers Quest' – the greatest new drive to reach out to carers in the UK.
Support your local GP practice
Next week the NHS across the country is raising awareness of PPGs. All GP practices should have a group and it’s a chance for you to work with your surgery to deal with issues that affect you and other people in your area.
Living well with diabetes
Diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle – but with the right help, information and care you can still get the most out of life.
Falls awareness week 2014
During Falls Awareness Week (16 – 22 June), NHS Southwark CCG is raising awareness of what you can do to prevent a fall, and what you should do if one happens.
Diabetes team wins BMJ award
We are delighted to announce that the King’s College Hospital 3DFD team won the national BMJ Diabetes Team of the Year award. The Guy's and St Thomas' A&E team were also runners up in the emergency medicine team of the year.
You only die once
Most people find it hard to talk about death - but during Dying Matters Awareness Week we're being challenged to speak openly about dying, death and bereavement. We're encouraging everyone to take steps to make their end of life experience better.
Mental health awareness week
This year's theme for mental health awareness week (12-18 May) is anxiety, one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world. the UK the number of cases of anxiety is growing, with over 8million people diagnosed in 2010.
Remember the person: Dementia Awareness Week 2014
Each year 'remember the person' is the recurring theme for dementia awareness week. Dementia can affect thinking, communicating and doing everyday tasks. But with the right support it's possible for someone with dementia to get the very best out of life.
Prime Minister gives Southwark GP services £1m boost
Southwark residents will see better access to GP care with the help of a £1million investment to support local plans for improvements. This forms part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, worth £50 million nationally.
Let's talk about bowel cancer
In England, bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer. Screening plays an important part in the fight against bowel cancer because the earlier the cancer is diagnosed, the greater the chance it can be cured completely.
Clinical commissioning turns one
Dr Amr Zeineldine: "Since I started this job I have seen many improvements in the way the NHS works. As we approach our first birthday, I wanted to share some of our key achievements over the past year."
Make your pledge for NHS Change Day
NHS Southwark CCG is celebrating NHS Change Day on Monday 3 March 2014. Our pledge as a CCG is to work better together with other organisations so local people have better outcomes from their health and care services.
Not always A&E campaign continues
During February the 'Not always A&E' campaign continues in south east London. You will have seen posters on buses, bus stops and billboards. Have you read the leaflet explaining the alternative services available?
Breast cancer - don’t assume you’re past it
This month across England we are talking about breast cancer and women over 70. In England, around 5,400 women aged 70 and over die from breast cancer each year – so never assume that you’re past it.
NHS Southwark CCG launches new child health guide
NHS Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth and Southwark CCGs have produced an information guide for parents and carers of children under 5 to help them understand more about the common childhood illnesses and what to do if their child is ill.
GP opening during the festive season
GP Practices are open for normal working hours over the Christmas and New Year period except for Bank Holidays (25 and 26 December 2013 and 1 January 2014).
NHS yellowmen to make an appearance in Peckham Square
Anyone passing through Peckham Square on 10 December will notice a family of seven-foot tall 'Yellow Men' with various ailments. The giant statues are part of an eye-catching NHS campaign to explain that people should only go to A&E when it is neccessary.
NHS to raise army of good samaritans for winter
The NHS has today issued a call for 100,000 people to sign a pledge saying they will look in on an elderly friend or neighbour this winter. Each winter thousands of people in England die as a result of cold weather.
Be honest - how much are you drinking?
This week is Alcohol Awareness Week so GPs in Southwark are encouraging local people to thinking about how much they are drinking and the warning signs to look out for.
Self care for like - take control
Next week is Self-Care Week running from 18 - 24 November. This year’s theme is “Self-Care for Life – Take Control”. GPs in Southwark are joining the campaign to raise awareness of how individuals can take control of their health and wellbeing.
Blood in your pee? Speak to your GP
Every year, around 16,600 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer. Around 7,500 people die from bladder or kidney cancer in England each year, but this needn’t be the case. Knowing what to look out for saves lives.
Southwark doctors sign up to learning disability charter
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the local doctors leading the organisation have signed up to Mencap’s learning disability Charter. Showing their dedication to getting it right for people with learning disabilities in Southwark.
Evaluation of consultation feedback
On Thursday 8 August 2013 at 12 midday, NHS Southwark CCG will be hosting a special event to share the evaluation of responses from the recent ‘Improving Services in Dulwich and the Surrounding Areas’ consultation.
Be clear on lung cancer in Southwark
NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group is encouraging local people to think about lung cancer as part of the national Be Clear on Cancer campaign running throughout July.
Stay safe in the heat
NHS Southwark CCG is calling on local people to stay safe in the heat as temperatures reach record highs in London.
Worried about the family risks of breast cancer?
If the recent publicity following Angelina Jolie's diagnosis of a BRCA gene fault has raised concerns about the risks to you, or the women in your family, then support is available locally from the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Service
GP opening times over Easter
If you or a member of your family becomes unwell over Easter and needs to see a GP, your practice will be open for some of the holiday break and at other times you can use the GP out-of-hours service.