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A&E won’t kiss it better over the festive break 

In the run up to the festive period NHS Lewisham Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding local people that A&E is for serious emergencies only.

A&E departments are very busy places all year round. Every day doctors and nurses who specialise in life-threatening illness and injury spend their time dealing with people who have coughs, back ache, diarrhoea and other minor illnesses.  Many people forget that A&E is for emergencies only. 

NHS Lewisham CCG is encouraging people in Lewisham not to use A&E as their first port of call if they become unwell over Christmas and New Year. There are plenty of alternatives where you can get expert advice and treatment, including local pharmacies, your GP and the GP out-of-hours service.

  • For minor injuries and illnesses, you can look after yourself with a well-stocked medicine cupboard and first aid materials

  • If you are feeling under the weather and you are not getting better, get early advice.  Minor illnesses can get worse quickly – especially if you are over 60. Visit your local pharmacist for quick and easy access to health advice and recommended treatments for winter illnesses. If they are concerned about your condition, they will advise you to see your GP. 

  • Some pharmacies are open over the festive period – you can check which ones and opening their opening hours below​. Your local pharmacist can supply medicines for selected minor ailments and emergency contraception without a GP prescription. 

  • Please order and collect your repeat prescriptions in good time to avoid running out of medicine over Christmas and the New Year holidays.  If you run out of medicine, speak to a local pharmacist.  They may be able to provide an emergency supply of a small quantity of your usual prescription medicine.  Please note that this is at the pharmacist's discretion and some exclusions and charges may apply.   

  • Your GP is your first port of call for on-going illnesses or injuries. Check with your surgery for their opening times over the festive period and make an appointment in good time if you need to see your GP.  

  •  You can still speak to a GP when your practice is closed; the GP out-of-hours service in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham is available through the night from 6.30pm to 8am even over Christmas. It's easy to use – just phone 020 8693 9066. If you can't remember the number, call your GP surgery and you'll be redirected

  • Please only call 999 or visit A&E if you have a very serious/life threatening illness or injury

Pharmacy bank holiday opening times - Christmas and the New Year 2014/15

Pharmacy AddressPost CodeTelephone NoThursday 25 DecemberFriday 26 DecemberThursday  1 January 2015

BOOTS THE CHEMIST104/106 Rushey Green, LondonSE6 4HW02086903525Closed11:00 -17:0011:00 -17:00
BOOTS THE CHEMIST72-78 Lewisham High Street, LondonSE13 5JN02084639226Closed09:00 - 18:0010:00 - 17:00
GROVE PARK PHARMACY344 Baring Road, Grove Park, LondonSE12 0DU0208857590410:00-13:0010:00-14:0010:00-14:00
NEW CROSS PHARMACYWaldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale, New CrossSE14 6LD0208692580710:00-19:00ClosedClosed
RUSHEY GREEN PHARMACYThe Primary Care Centre, Hawstead Road, CatfordSE6 4JH0207138179010:00-22:00ClosedClosed
SAINSBURYS PHARMACY263 New Cross Road, London SE14 5UL02076390548Closed10:00-17:0010:00-17:00
SAINSBURYS PHARMACYSouthend Lane, Sydenham, LondonSE26 4PU02082255029Closed10:00-17:0010:00-17:00
SAINSBURYS PHARMACY14 Burnt Ash Road, Lee Green, LondonSE12 8PZ02088528495Closed10:00-17:0010:00-17:00​