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​High level of demand at Lewisham and other local hospitals

UTRS_web_banner-alt1a.jpgUniversity 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 every year.

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 treatment.

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.