London is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world, with millions of people visiting from all corners of the globe every year. London is awash with sights and attractions and there is plenty to keep you busy, whether you are an art, fashion, history or music enthusiast, a sports fan or an avid shopper.
London is undoubtedly a great place to visit, but accidents can happen at any time and unfortunately illness can strike without any warning, so it’s important to be aware of what to do if you fall ill while visiting London.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation or you are travelling with somebody who becomes very ill rapidly or suddenly, contact the emergency services by calling 999. When you make the call you will talk to an operator, who will ask you which service you require and then ask you some questions about the incident. Giving them as much information as possible will help the paramedics to prepare for the individual case and ensure that no time is wasted when they arrive on the scene. There are also walk in clinics London to provide services where needed.
Hospital care is available free of charge on the NHS and you will not be required to provide information about insurance when you call for an ambulance. Any ongoing medical care necessary may not be available free of charge for non-UK citizens, but your doctor will be able to inform you about costs if you require further care.
If you suffer a minor accident or you become ill with a cough or cold, for example, you can seek help at a pharmacy. Pharmacists are trained to provide medical advice and they can recommend medications based on your symptoms.
If you suffer an injury, such as a trip or fall and you suspect that you have a broken bone or you experience severe pain, it is best to visit the nearest Accident and Emergency department.
London is home to a host of museums, galleries, historic landmarks and sights, not to mention endless streets of shops, restaurants and theaters and if you’re gearing up for several days of intensive sight-seeing, remember to take regular rests, eat during the day and keep your fluids up to prevent dehydration and exhaustion and ensure that you get the experience the best London has to offer.
If you need any advice about tourist attractions, getting around London or medical services in the capital, you can visit tourist information.