Urgent care centre and A&E

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Choose Well

There are a range of healthcare services you and your family can access if you become unwell.

This helpful 'Choose Well' film, made by NHS Bexley, explains which service to use and when.

By choosing well you will receive treatment fast, leaving emergency services to those who need them most.

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Urgent care centres

Local people can receive urgent care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at:

Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup

Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford

These urgent care centres can usually help if you need urgent treatment for problems such as these:

  • Minor cuts, bites, stings and nose bleeds
  • Burns and scalds
  • Dislocated fingers, thumbs and toes
  • Minor chest, neck and back injuries or pain
  • Foreign objects in wounds or other parts of the body
  • Injuries, sprains and strains
  • Infections, including wounds
  • Fractures to shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, legs and ribs
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Minor head injuries with no loss of consciousness and not related to alcohol
  • Minor ailments
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Emergency contraception, simple women’s health problems, chlamydia testing and C-card.

Please be advised that you can call 111 in the first instance for medical advice and they will direct you to where you should attend to receive the correct treatment.

Accident and Emergency (A&E)

A&E departments assess and treat patients with serious injuries or illnesses.

Generally, you should visit A&E (or call 999) for life-threatening emergencies, such as:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • Persistent, severe chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped

If an ambulance is needed, call 999.

There are A&E departments at the following hospitals:

Princess Royal University Hospital
Farnborough Common
Tel: 01689 863486

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Stadium Road
SE18 4QH
Tel: 0208 836 6846 (Urgent care) / 0208 836 4361 (A&E)

Darent Valley Hospital
Darent Wood Road
Tel: 01322 428100