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Take the drama out of minor illness – for expert advice, talk to your pharmacist


You can nip to your local pharmacy for help with coughs, colds, sore throats, earaches and eye infections. They can offer you a consultation with a pharmacist straight away and give you clinical advice on how to manage your illness or recommend over-the-counter medicines.

It's quick and convenient. Many pharmacies are open evenings and weekends and you don't need to book an appointment. You can also be seen by a pharmacist in the privacy of a consultation room.

All pharmacists train for five years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice. If symptoms suggest it's something more serious, pharmacists have the right clinical training to make sure you get the help you need immediately.

Your pharmacist is specially trained to spot any interactions between different types of medication, and understand the potential side effects, in order to give the best advice possible

Are you registered with a GP?

A GP or general practitioner is a doctor who looks after the health of local people and deals with a wide range of health issues. It is important that every member of your household is registered with a GP practice.

Your local GP can help you with many health related issues, including:

  • General health advice
  • Contraception and maternity services
  • Vaccinations
  • Prescriptions and managing long term conditions
  • Concerns about your own, or your children's health

GPs are also able to refer you on to a specialist or community services if you need further tests or treatment.

You can register temporarily with a GP if you are a student or homeless, if you are an overseas visitor, here longer than 24 hours but less than 3 months, an asylum seeker or refugee or on a work visa.

Did you know about evening and weekend GP appointments?


The Southwark Extended Primary Care Service offers extra GP and nurse appointments from 8am to 8pm seven days week.

Just contact your usual GP surgery to book an appointment. If your practice is closed, dial 111.

Appointments are available at GP practices in Peckham and Bermondsey.


Lambeth's GP Federations are offering extended opening times at four GP Access Hubs from 12 noon to 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm on weekends and bank holidays.

Just contact your usual GP surgery to book an appointment

Appointments are available at GP practices in Vauxhall, Streatham, Herne Hill and Oval.

Need medical help right now? NHS 111 offers advice on the best course of action

NHS 111 can help you decide the best course of action to take when you have an urgent but not life-threatening health concern.

NHS 111 gives you  access to advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by phone and online and, if necessary, they can arrange for you to speak to relevant healthcare professionals, including nurses, emergency dentists, or even GPs.

The advisors can arrange face-to-face appointments, and if you are assessed as needing an ambulance, one will be sent directly.

NHS 111 provides you with a convenient way to get the right help or advice when you need it. Whether over the phone or online, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

So, if you think you need urgent medical help, call 111 or go online at

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