Residents in Westminster are being reminded that many GP surgeries now offer seven day access as winter pressures continue to affect A&Es across the country.
The following surgeries in the area are open on Saturdays and Sundays:
- The Connaught Square Practice (10am - 6pm)
- 41 Connaught Square, London, W2 2HL, nearest tube: Marble Arch
- Pimlico Health at the Marven Surgery (10 am - 6pm)
- 15 Denbigh Street, London, SW1V 2HF, nearest tube: Victoria or Pimlico
- The Third Floor Lanark Medical Centre (10am - 6pm)
- 165 Lanark Road, London W9 1NZ, nearest tube: Maida Vale
- The North West London Medical Centre (8am - 4pm)
- 56 Maida Vale, London, W9 1PP, nearest tube: Maida Vale
Patients do not need to be registered with these practices to use this service.
There are also a number of Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) in the area which can treat residents who require care immediately for illnesses or injuries that aren't life-threatening. A&E is for people with major, life-threatening illnesses and injuries. The Urgent Care Centres at St Mary's Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital are open 24 hours a day, including weekends and public holidays.
Residents can also call NHS 111, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for advice and details of local health services.
Dr Ruth O'Hare, chair of Central London CCG, said: "As we have seen, A&Es find themselves under increased pressure during the winter months. We know that many patients attend A&E when their illness is not life-threatening.
"We have increased access to GPs for people in Westminster so that they can be treated in primary care on Saturdays and Sundays. We would encourage all residents to use NHS services wisely and choose the correct care for their need to help relieve pressure on A&E services. "
More information about health services in North West London, including details of GP weekend opening across the area, can be found at www.rightcarenwlondon.nhs.uk.
The GP surgeries offering 7 day access are:
North West London Medical Centre
56 Maida Vale
Nearest tube: Maida Vale
Tel: 020 7624 4433
The Connaught Square Practice
41 Connaught Square
Nearest tube: Marble Arch
Tel: 020 7402 4026
Pimlico Health at the Marven Surgery
15 Denbigh Street
Nearest tube: Victoria or Pimlico
Tel: 020 7834 6969
Third Floor Lanark Medical Centre
165 Lanark Road
Nearest tube: Maida Vale
Tel: 020 7624 8616
The Urgent Care Centres in the area are:
St Mary's Hospital Urgent Care Centre
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Urgent Care Centre
369 Fulham Road
Royal Free Hospital