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Health services available over the May Bank Holidays

The May Bank Holidays (Monday 6 and Monday 27 May) and are fast approaching – and the NHS will still be on hand to help if you’re feeling unwell.

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 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 opening hours at the bottom of this page.
  • 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 111.
  • NHS 111 service – if you need medical help, but your condition is not life threatening, you can call NHS 111. The new 111 Integrated Urgent Care service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is staffed by GPs, pharmacists and nurses who can offer clinical consultations. The service can also provide patient information, issue prescriptions and book GP appointments.
  • 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 Bank Holiday weekend, please visit the NHS website.

Pharmacies open over the May Bank Holidays

Pharmacy NameAddressPostcodeTelephone Number

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Spring Bank Holiday


Morrisons PharmacyAylesham Centre, Rye Lane, LondonSE15 5EW020 7639 048310:00-16:0010:00-16:00
Tesco Pharmacy 107 Dunton Road, LondonSE1 5HG020 3801 6141/ 0345 677 962512:00-16:0012:00-16:00
Boots the ChemistUnits 8-11, Hays Galleria, Counter Street, LondonSE1 2HD020 7407 427610:00-18:0010:00-18:00
Tesco Pharmacy Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Road, LondonSE16 7LL0345 677 963609:00-18:0009:00-18:00
Lloyds Inside Sainsbury's 80 Dog Kennel Hill, LondonSE22 8BB020 7733 619509.00 – 17.0009.00 – 17.00
Brockwell Park Pharmacy7 Half Moon Lane, LondonSE24 9JU020 7274 392810:00-16:0010:00-16:00
Asda Pharmacy464-504 Old Kent Road, LondonSE1 5AG020 7500 791009:00-18:0009:00-18:00
Boots the Chemist289-291 Walworth Road, LondonSE17 2TG020 7703 435611:00-17:0011:00-17:00
Boots the Chemist333 - 334 Elephant & Castle, Shopping Centre, LondonSE1 6TB020 7703 614911:00-17:0011:00-17:00
Boots the Chemist11-13 Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, Redriff Rd, LondonSE16 7LL020 7252 008411:00-17:0011:00-17:00
Boots the Chemist20 Rye Lane, LondonSE15 5BS020 7639 154411:00-17:0011:00-17:00
V.E.Lettsom84 Vestry Road, Camberwell, LondonSE5 8BQ020 7701 925008:30-20:3008:30-20:30
Jamaica Road Pharmacy182 Jamaica Road, North SouthwarkSE16 4RT020 7237 348308:30-20:3008:30-20:30