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Health in Greater London When the going gets tough on your body and it's more than just a very British bout of influenza or the fact that you had to run to catch the bus – then London is medically well equipped to help you out.

In the case of a life-threatening emergency call 999 for immediate assistance. This number should be used for genuine emergencies only.

For non-urgent medical enquiries you can call the National Health Service Direct helpline on 0845 46 47. With a specialist team answering the phones, NHS Direct can assist you with a range of medical problems as well as offering treatment advice and support.

If you need to go to a hospital there are plenty dotted around London and you shouldn’t have to travel too far.

We’ve gathered together all of those important numbers and addresses so that, should the worse happen, you’ll be able to find a hospital or dentist close to your London accommodation.

NHS Walk In Centres
NHS Walk In Centres offer medically trained staff who are on hand to help with a range of problems. They are free to use and an appointment isn’t always necessary.

Your nearest centre is listed below:

Organisation: Edgware NHS Walk-in Centre
Address: Edgware Community Hospital, Burnt Oak Broadway, Edgware, Middlesex HA8 0AD
Telephone: 020 8732 6459

Organisation: North Middlesex NHS Walk-in Centre
Address: The North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust, Sterling Way, Edmonton, N18 1QX
Telephone: 020 8887 2680

Organisation: Whitechapel NHS Walk-in Centre (next to the Royal London Hospital A&E department)
Address: 174 Whitechapel Road, E1 1BZ
Telephone: 020 7943 1333

Organisation: Newham NHS Walk-in Centre
Address: Glen Road, E13 8SH
Telephone: 020 7363 9200

Accident and Emergency Hospitals

If you have an urgent medical problem or are involved in an accident you – or whoever you are with – should call 999. It is free to do so and once paramedics arrive on the scene they will treat you appropriately.

Sometimes this will involve a visit to an A and E Department (otherwise known as Accident and Emergency). Unless your injury or illness is very severe you can expect to wait before being seen by a doctor or specialist.

This service is free to UK citizens but those travelling from abroad should get appropriate travel insurance to cover any medical eventuality.

Your nearest Accident and Emergency department is listed below:

Organisation: Royal Free Hospital
Address: Pond St, NW3
Telephone: 020 7794 0500

Organisation: Whittington Hospital
Address: Highgate Hill, N19
Telephone: 020 7272 3070

Organisation: Royal London Hospital
Address: Whitechapel Rd, E1
Telephone: 020 7377 7000

Organisation: Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital
Address: Great Ormond Street, WC1
Telephone: 020 7405 9200

Organisation: Guy’s Hospital
Address: St. Thomas Street, Bankside, SE1
Telephone: 020 7955 5000

Organisation: University College London Hospitals NHS Trust
Address: 25 Grafton Way, WC1
Telephone: 020 7253 3411

Dentists – Emergency treatment centres

If your toothache just won’t go away or you have had an accident and injured any area of your mouth you might be advised to see an emergency dentist.

Visitors to an emergency dentist should expect to pay an amount that will probably be covered by your travel insurance.

Finding a dentist to treat you can be tricky and then you might not be seen immediately. So if you are planning a vacation to London for more than a few weeks you’d be advised to get your teeth checked out at home before making the journey.

Emergency dentists in your area:

Organisation: Confident Dental Surgery
Address: Hampstead Road, NW1
Telephone: 020 7388 8556

Organisation: White Cross Dental Care Holloway
Address: Holloway Road, N7 0RN
Telephone: 020 7609-1122

Organisation: Triangle Dental Practice
Address: Mare Street, Hackney, E8
Telephone: 020 8985 1622

Organisation: Eastman Dental Institute & Hospital
Address: Gray’s Inn Road, WC1
Telephone: 020 7915 1000


There are a number of helplines that offer advice and information on a wide selection of topics. If you want to speak to someone in confidence about sexual, emotional or mental health issues this could be one of your first ports of call.

National and local helplines in London:

Helpline: Aids Information
Telephone: 0800 567 123

Helpline: City & East London Bereavement Counselling Service
Telephone: 020 72471209

Helpline: Gamblers Anonymous
Telephone: 020 7384 3040

Helpline: London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (24 hours)
Telephone: 020 7837 7324

Helpline: National Missing Persons Helpline
Telephone: 0500 700 700

Helpline: Rape Crisis Centre
Telephone: 020 7837 1600

Helpline: Release (drugs related advice, 24 hours)
Telephone: 020 7603 8654

Helpline: The Samaritans
Telephone: 08457 909090

Helpline: Victim Support (Westminster)
Telephone: 020 7828426


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