Use NHS services in Lewisham wisely this August bank holiday weekend
Plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines and use NHS services wisely if you have an urgent health problem over the August bank holiday weekend.
That's the message from GPs at NHS Lewisham CCG Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as residents and patients in the borough prepare to enjoy the three day break.
NHS Lewisham CCG is reminding local patients that A&E is for life-threatening illnesses only and that other health services are available locally if their GP practice is closed on the bank holiday Monday.
Dr Marc Rowland, local GP and Chair of NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said there were a number of ways people could find the right service for them if they fell ill over the weekend.
"If your GP surgery is closed and you haven't got a life threatening illness or injury you can call SELDOC on 020 8693 9066 or visit the NHS Choices website to find the right service," she said.
"We're asking people not to use the ambulance service and A&E as an alternative to their GP if their GP practice is closed on the bank holiday Monday.
"There are other health services in Lewisham that can provide quicker and more appropriate treatment if you have a minor injury or ailment.
"It is also important to plan ahead and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through the bank holiday weekend when your GP surgery will be closed."
Alternative NHS services available to Lewisham residents over the August bank holiday:
- Self-care – people suffering from minor ailments such as coughs and colds, grazes and hangovers 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 (UCC) – with no appointment necessary your local urgent care centre is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected breaks. The Lewisham UCC, Lewisham Hospital, Lewisham High Street, London SE13 6LH or call 020 8333 3000 or visit www.lewishamandgreenwich.nhs.uk
- Walk-in centre - with no appointment necessary your local walk in centre is managed by doctors and nurses who are available to deal with minor illnesses and injuries, such as cuts, burns, sprains and suspected breaks. The Waldron Health Centre can be found at Suite 3 Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale, London SE14 6LD.
- GP out-of-hours service – If you need to see a doctor when your GP surgery is closed, GP out-of-hours services are available from SELDOC (South East London Doctors Cooperative) on 020 8693 9066. A call handler will take your details and a local GP will call you back within 60 minutes or sooner if necessary. If you need to be seen, a convenient appointment can be booked on the same day with SELDOC at their sites at Lewisham Urgent Care Centre, Dulwich Community Hospital in East Dulwich or Gracefield Gardens walk in centre in Streatham.
- People can download a guide to local alternative services from here.