The National Health Service (NHS) provides health services. All NHS medical treatment is free, although you may have to pay towards the cost of medicines, some travel vaccinations, and the cost of teeth and eye care.
For information about health services in Croydon, visit the Croydon Health Services NHS Trust website.
Seeing a doctor
To register with a GP, either:
- NHS Choices has information on how to register with a GP as well as a search function to find your nearest GP
- Telephoning the Primary Care Support Service on 020 8335 1400
- Ask friends and neighbours for the details of the GP they visit.
To register, contact the GP surgery and ask to be put on the list of patients.
If you need to see a doctor at night or the weekends, telephone the surgery; there will be a recorded message telling you how to contact a doctor.
If you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one, you can receive emergency treatment from the local GP practice for 14 days. After 14 days you will need to register as a temporary or permanent patient.
You can also visit your local Community Health Centre.
In an emergency, go to Accident and Emergency (A&E) at Croydon University Hospital at any time, or call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
Finding a dentist
The Croydon Emergency Dental Service - Croydent, is available at night or weekends for registered and unregistered patients. To make an appointment with Croydent phone 020 3402 1333.
Locating an optician
Opticians can test your eyesight and prescribe glasses or contact lenses. You can find your nearest opticians through the NHS Choices website.
Pharmacies and medicines
You can find your nearest pharmacy on the NHS Choices website.
To find out if you are entitled to free prescriptions call the NHS Health Costs Helpline on 0300 330 1343.
If you need regular prescriptions it may be worth getting a prepayment certificate from your pharmacy - for more information ask your pharmacist or call the Prescription pre-payment certificate information line 0300 330 1349.
Pharmacists can also sell non-prescription medicines and give you advice on minor problems.
Contraception and sexual health
The Community Health Centre provides free emergency contraceptive pills which can be taken 72 hours after unprotected sex. Free emergency pills are also available from many pharmacies, those which provide this service are listed on the Getting it on website (please note that this website is targeted at sexual health services for young people).
The community health centre and emergency minor treatment centre
You can be treated here for minor injuries and illnesses - for example cuts that need stitching or dressing, sprains or coughs. In addition, the community health centre offers a GP surgery for both registered and unregistered patients, a pharmacy, an emergency dental service, breast screening and health promotion services.
Edridge Road community health centre.
Ground Floor Impact House, 2 Edridge Road, Croydon CR9 1TJ
Telephone: 020 3040 0800
Opening times: 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Emergency minor treatment centre
Parkway Health Centre, Parkway, New Addington CR0 0JA
Telephone: 020 8251 7225
Opening times: Monday to Friday and public holidays 2pm to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 9pm (closed Christmas day).