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Think before going to A&E this summer

As the beautiful warm weather rolls on in London this month, GPs in Lambeth are encouraging local people to take care as temperatures rise. Reminding residents to think about whether A&E is the right place for them if they do become ill.

Summer conditions such as sunburn and dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available in Lambeth from services that may be closer than you think.
Adrian McLachlan, a local GP and Chair of Lambeth CCG, is encouraging anyone suffering from sunburn, hayfever or dehydration to think about the treatments available at home or by visiting their local pharmacy.  
“As summer starts it’s important to remember that A&E is for serious emergencies only and that health services that can better meet your needs may be closer than you think. 
“Hospitals are very busy places all year round, including summer, with A&E staff dealing with life threatening emergencies, like strokes and heart attacks. If you become ill over the summer it is important to think about which local health service is right for you, rather than just going straight to A&E.”
Many people forget that their local pharmacists are trained clinicians who can provide expert advice on how to help manage illnesses, as well as providing guidance on the best treatments. Other services like SELDOC - the GP out of hours services in Southwark, Lambeth and Lewisham - is also available should you need to see a GP when your practice is closed. Call 020 8693 9066.
Most of the time, you can avoid feeling uncomfortable or unwell altogether by making sure you are prepared for the hot weather.
Stay hydrated – carry a bottle of water with you, especially if you’re heading out for the day or making a long journey. It’s also a good idea to wear cool clothing and stay out of the sun between 11am to 3pm to make sure you keep safe this summer.

Alternative NHS services available to Lambeth residents:


People suffering from minor ailments such as grazes, hangovers, sunburn and hayfever should treat themselves at home or visit their local pharmacy.


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

If you have an urgent but non-life-threatening illness or condition, attend an urgent care centre. 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

Guy’s Urgent Care Centre at Guy’s Hospital

Tabard Annexe, Great Maze Pond
020 3049 8970
Opening hours: 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week 

GP service

Many surgeries are open longer hours now, however, if your surgery is closed, call your local GP Out of Hours service provided by the South East London Doctors on Call (SELDOC) on 020 8693 9066. Local people can download a guide to alternative services in Lambeth.