Helping You Choose

North Lewisham Primary Care Network want to help you Choose Well if you need medical help

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Self Care

Minor injuries and first days of an illness.
E.g. Coughs and colds, sore throat.

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Advice and medicines to help you self-care.
E.g. Headaches, upset stomach, coughs and colds, diarrhoea and vomiting.

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NHS 111

Not sure about what to do or can’t wait for your GP.
Out of hours support available 24/7.

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GP Advice

Illness or injury that won’t go away.
Monitoring and management of long term health conditions.
E.g. Diabetes, High blood pressure, Asthma/COPD, mental health.

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Life threatening emergencies.
Choking, chest pain, blackout, severe bleeding, suicidal.

There are many services you can access without speaking to your GP

Physio First
  • 15+ years with muscle, joint pain or injuries including back pain
  • Use the AskFirst NHS App to book a telephone physio
Pharmacy first for minor illness
  • Self-care scheme to provide free medications for those who don’t pay for prescriptions
IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)
  • Help for common mental health problems, like anxiety and depression
  • Talking therapies, such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
Foot Health
  • Diagnosis, treatment, education and advice on foot problems
  • Complete the application for the Foot Health Service clinic of your choice
Sexual health
  • STI checks, Coil and Implant insertion removal, regular and emergency contraception
  • Order at home or make an appointment to be seen in clinic
Minor Eye Condition Service (MECS)
  • Common eye conditions, expert optometrist assessment
  • Red, sticky, watery eye, pain or discomfort in or around the eyes

Sight Centre, 78 Deptford High St, London SE8 4RT. Tel: 020 8691 5500 is the local site.

Dental Care
  • When your mouth or teeth need urgent attention
  • If you do not have a regular NHS dentist, contact NHS 111.
Health Visitor
  • Questions about your child’s health and wellbeing under 5 years

Health Visiting Hub on 0203 049 1873

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Support
  • Pregnancy self referral online or by phone for your ‘booking appointment’
  • Face to face appointments and online breastfeeding support available
Social Prescribing
  • Helps to improve your wellbeing by connecting you to non-medical support in the community.
  • One to one support for up to 8 weeks.
Community Connections
  • Local community and services that can help with health and wellbeing

Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4pm. Tel: 0330 058 3464

Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Free, impartial and confidential advice on everything from housing, benefits to consumer rights.

Tel: 0800 231 5453. Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Online Advice for Child Health
  • Great resource by the Royal College of paediatrics about common conditions of childhood and adolescence
Domestic Violence
  • Athena, provide confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence.

24hr helpline Tel: 0808 2000 247

COVID Testing and Vaccination Passes
  • Your GP cannot organise any COVID testing or issue your vaccination pass
  • Use the NHS App or call 119 for proof of your COVID vaccination status
  • COVID testing through the government website or call 119

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