As well as our practice, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information on treatment. Before you do, remember that you can treat many minor ailments such as colds, coughs and indigestion by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. We suggest you keep the following:
• Paracetamol and aspirin (children under 16 and people with asthma should not take aspirin)
• Mild laxatives
• Anti-diarrhoeal medicines
• Rehydration mixture
• Indigestion remedy (for example, antacids)
• Travel sickness tablets
• Sunscreen - SPF15 or higher
• Sunburn treatment (for example, calamine)
• Tweezers and sharp scissors
• A thermometer
• A selection of plasters, non-absorbent cotton wool, elastic bandages and dressings.
• Keep the medicine chest in a secure, locked place out of reach of small children.
• Always read the instructions and use the suggested dose
• Watch expiry dates - don't keep or use medicines past their sell-by date
• Take all unwanted and out-of-date medicines back to the pharmacy
Evening and Weekends
The Surgery is covered by the deputising service NHS 111 after surgery hours. For urgent advice and treatment, dial 111.
Accident and Emergency/999
Whatever the day or time, if you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, go to your nearest Accident and emergency department or call 999.
Accident and emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can assess serious injuries and provide emergency treatment.
There is a 24-hour minor injuries unit at Queens Mary's Hospital, Frognal Avenue, Sidcup DA14 6LT. Telephone 0208 302 2678.
There is a 24-hour local walk-in centre at Beckenham Beacon Hospital.