High level of demand at Lewisham and other local hospitals
University Hospital Lewisham and other local hospitals
are currently experiencing a very high level of demand. We are working closely
with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust and with colleagues across the local NHS
and social care system to reduce the pressure on the hospital and ensure that
patients across Lewisham have access to the services they need.
The pressures we face locally in winter are not
unique but are faced by hospitals, GPs and health and care staff nationwide
In Lewisham, we are working collaboratively and
plans are in place across hospitals, community and social care services to
manage increased winter pressures, including the expected increased instances
of stroke, heart attacks and respiratory illness after a cold snap.
To allow everyone to get the treatment and advice
they need to stay well this winter, it's important to remember that A&E
should only be used by people with serious health problems requiring emergency
If you feel unwell, we would encourage everyone to
think about self-care and to seek help and advice from their local pharmacy.
Your pharmacist can offer advice on how to best look after yourself at home
with rest and over-the-counter treatments. You don't need an appointment and
many pharmacists have private consultation areas.
If you're not sure where to go, call the free NHS
111 number - a trained advisor will offer you advice over the phone. If you
need to be seen, they will be able to direct you to the best service for your
condition. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In Lewisham, additional GP appointments are
available through the GP Extended Access service 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm
based in the yellow zone at University Lewisham Hospital. All appointments must be pre-booked through
your normal GP practice or by calling NHS 111.