The pressure on all NHS services across Kent and London has risen significantly due to the higher infection rates in the community.
Think 111 first
All local hospitals are very busy and we expect this to continue for some time.
To help you get the quickest and most appropriate treatment please call 111 first before heading to any walk-in services like A&E or Urgent Treatment Centres.
If you need urgent care NHS111 can now book a timed appointment for you at the most appropriate service including urgent treatment centres and A&E if needed.
NHS 111 is also available online at www.111.nhs.uk
Stop the spread of the virus
COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out but this will take several months. We need your help now.
The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients needing hospital care will stay high as long as the infection rates stay high. COVID-19 remains a serious illness which kills.
To protect yourself, family and friends and help the NHS; everyone in Kent and London needs to do their bit.
We all need to follow the guidance to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Hands, face, space. Working from home where you can.
Self-isolate if you have symptoms or are asked to do so
It is essential to self-isolate along with everyone in your household if someone has symptoms of the virus, or are contacted by the Test and Trace services self-isolate straight away. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you can book a test by calling 119 or online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.