London Travel Guide

Stay healthy

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) will provide emergency treatment for anyone in the UK, irrespective of whether they reside in the UK.

For a serious medical emergency, dial 999 or 112. These numbers are free of charge from any telephone. London's ambulance coverage is excellent, with highly trained and friendly staff. Do not be concerned if the telephone operator asks you for details about the emergency as this will be in order to focus an appropriate response.

For advice on non-emergency medical problems, you can ring the 24 hour NHS Direct service on 0845 4647. Treatment for non-emergency conditions, or for hospital admissions resulting from emergencies, is normally free for people holding a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) issued by most European governments, or certain other countries listed here. In the absence of such a card you would be well advised to get private travel health insurance.

Emergencies can also be dealt with at most NHS hospitals with an A & E (Accident & Emergency) department. In A & E, be prepared to wait for up to 4 hours during busy periods before being given treatment if your medical complaint is not too serious. For less serious problems, try a GP's ('General Practitioner', or family doctor) surgery or a high-street pharmacist.

You can find NHS services near you here.

Major A & E hospitals in London are:

Central Middlesex Hospital, Acton Ln, Park Royal, NW10 7NS
Charing Cross Hospital, Fulham Palace Rd, Hammersmith, W6 8RF
Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, SW10 9TR
Greenwich District Hospital, Vanbrugh Hill, SE10 9HE
Guy's Hospital, St. Thomas St, Bankside, SE1 9RT
Homerton University Hospital, Homerton Row, Homerton, E9 6SR
King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS
Lewisham Hospital, High St, SE13 6LH
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Stadium Road, Woolwich, SE18 4QH
Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton Ln, SW15 5PN
Royal Free Hospital, 23 East Heath Rd, Hampstead, NW3 1DU
The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, E1 1BB
St. Marys NHS Trust, Praed St, Paddington, W2 1NY
St. Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Rd, South Bank, SE1 7EH
University College London Hospitals NHS Trust, 25 Grafton Way, Bloomsbury, WC1E 6DB
Whittington Hospital, Highgate Hill, Archway, N19 5NF

London is well catered for in terms of pharmacies, with chains like Lloyds and Boots having a number of branches. Most large supermarkets also have pharmacy counters, although these do not stock some of the stronger remedies.

At large organised events, and in many theatre productions, basic medical assistance and first aid is provided through the support of organisations such as St John Ambulance, or the stewards for the event.

London is also home to some of the most renowned - and most expensive - private medical treatment facilities, the most notable of which being the host of private consultants and surgeons on Harley Street in Marylebone.


source: Wikivoyage

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