Our Emergency Department is one of the busiest in the country, especially at this time of year, so we would like to encourage everyone to be aware of the other ways to access local healthcare

Since December 2017, GPs across London have started to offer appointments in the evenings and weekends. Appointments can now be booked between 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

​Your GP should be your first port of call for any non-emergency problems which could be physical, psychological or a combination of both.

Contact your GP to book an appointment, or visit your local Clinical Commissioning Group website such as Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group, for more information on how to find and register at your local surgery.

Other ways to access healthcare include:

NHS 111

You can now call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency, wherever you are and whatever the time.

Calls to NHS 111 from landlines and mobile phones are free. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Calling 111 will get you through to a team of highly trained advisers who are supported by experienced nurses. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, and give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the right local service. The NHS 111 team will, where possible, book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak to.


Your local pharmacist is qualified to give you free confidential expert advice on which is the best medicine and treatments for you, and can answer all of your questions about prescribed and over the counter drugs.

You do not need an appointment to see your pharmacist, and many pharmacies have private consultation areas.