Emergency services

What to do in an emergency 

We offer threAmbulance outside A&E at St Thomas' Hospitale distinct emergency department (A&E) services. 

If you have been suffering from a medical problem for more than 48 hours, or have a long standing illness or health problem, please try:

  • Call 111 if it's not an emergency calling NHS 111 for patient information and if necessary referral to the emergency services. Across South East London, NHS 111 can issue prescriptions to a pharmacy of your choice and book a face to face appointment if you need one. You can either phone NHS 111 or go to 111 online for assistance. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • calling your GP surgery to make an appointment to see your usual doctor.  

More information about our department

Our emergency department (A&E) was recently rated 'outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission after an inspection they carried out at the end of 2015.

We see approximately 140,000 patients per year, making us one of the busiest emergency departments in London. We also see around 100 ambulances every day.