You don't need to see a doctor for:
If the medication you need is on your repeat prescription and your review is up-to-date you can just request the medication on-line or at the reception.
Coughs, colds and headaches
You can find useful information about how you can help yourself when suffering from minor conditions on the NHS Choices website.
Also it might a good idea to speak to your pharmacist. Most of the Lambeth pharmacies operate Minor Ailment Scheme under which, you can consult the pharmacist without an appointment and they can prescribe and dispense any medication that is required for treatment. If you are usually exempt from prescription charges then you will get any medication you require free of charge. You will not be able to get any regular medication you are taking through this scheme.
The Minor Eye Conditions Scheme allows patients across Lambeth and Lewisham to access NHS treatment for a range of eye conditions such as:
- Sticky eye (difficulty opening your eye or yellow discharge)
- Watery eye (excessive tears)
- Pain or discomfort in or around the eyes
- Recent onset or sudden increase of flashes of light or floating objects in your vision
Appointments to see highly trained optometrists based in a local optician’s practice are often available within two days and many of the practices offer appointments at weekends.
NHS Lambeth Minor Eye Conditions Scheme Referral Form.pdf
Lambeth Talking Service offers talking therapies for people experiencing mild to moderate depression, general anxiety and worry, panic attacks, social anxiety, traumatic memories and obsessive compulsive disorder. They also offer help with other problems including anger, eating, and relationship or sexual difficulties.
Visit IAPT website for more information and insturactions on how to self-refer.
IAPT Self Referral Leaflet (June 2010).pdf
Lambeth Community Podiatry (foot health) Clinics offer a range of services to assess, treat and advise people on any foot condition. They offer routine appointments and everyday walk-in clinic for urgent problems.
Contraception and STIs
Sexual Health Clinics across Lambeth offer walk-in appointments every day.
They can provide you with:
- Free of charge contraception
- Screening and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections
Visit the website for more information, locations and opening hours.
Self-testing kits for STIs
You can also request a self-testing kit on-line and test yourself at home. It is worth remembering that many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have no symptoms. They can pass frfom one person to another during sex, especially if youe don't use a condom.
It is a good idea to get tested, especially if you have recently changed partners. Most infections can be cured.
You don't need to see a GP if you don't have any health concerns! All of our local hospitals accept self-referrals from patients. Get in touch with the hospital as soon as you find out you're pregnant.