Please refer to content on our specific services on how they are responding to Covid-19 and read our pages on coronavirus.
If you need urgent help with your mental health, here are some of the options available to you. Services below operate 24/7.
- If you live in Bedfordshire call NHS 111 (option 2)
- If you live in City & Hackney call Free Phone 0800 073 0006
- If you live in Luton call NHS 111 (option 2)
- If you live in Newham call Free Phone 0800 073 0066
- If you live in Tower Hamlets call Free Phone 0800 073 0003
- If you or another person have been harmed or are at immediate risk you may require an emergency response contact 999 and ask for the relevant service.
Young People (under 18 years)
If necessary, the crisis line contacts above can divert young people to be seen by CAMHS nurses outside of A&E between 9am-9pm Monday to Friday (East London & Bedfordshire / Luton) and 8am-8pm (East London) and 10am-8pm (Bedfordshire / Luton) on weekends and public holidays. Outside these hours the crisis telephone staff will offer advice and arrange an urgent assessment if needed.
Who else can I talk to?
Primary care psychological services (also known as IAPT services) offer psychological interventions for common mental health problems, such as anxiety, low mood, relationship issues, traumas and living with long-term health conditions. The four IAPT services under ELFT are open to referrals and are currently offering interventions on telephone and virtual platforms. They also have a number of new interventions to help people get through COVID-19 challenges.
Please note they are not crisis services.
Self-referrals are encouraged. For information and referral, please see:
If you need urgent help with your physical health, here are some of the options available to you:
- Call 999 if it is a medical emergency
- Use the 111 online service
- Call 111 when:
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
- you are experiencing a mental health crisis and don't know who to call
- For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
City and Hackney Accident and Emergency Services
Homerton University Hospital
Primary Urgent Care Centre (PUCC) or Hackney Walk-in Centre
Open Mon to Fri 7am – midnight; Sat, Sun and Bank holidays 9am - midnight.
Part of Homerton Hospital A&E (see above) Tel: 020 8510 5342,
Newham Accident and Emergency Services
Newham University Hospital
Urgent Care Centre
Open Mon - Fri 8am - 11pm, Sat, Sun and Bank holidays 9am - 11pm
Next to Newham General Hospital, see above
Tel: 020 7363 9200
Tower Hamlets Accident and Emergency Services
The Royal London Hospital Accident and Emergency service (A&E)
London E1 1BB
24 hour service including a dedicated children's A&E department
Located on the ground floor of North Tower, access from Whitechapel Road along East Mount Street
Tel A&E reception: 020 3594 0004
Tel Children's A&E reception: 020 3594 0005
Urgent Care Centre / Walk-in Centre
Open seven days a week, 12noon -10pm
Part of the Royal London Accident and Emergency Department, see above
The Tower Hamlets Doctors on Call (THEDOC) or GP hotline GP services also based in the A&E Department Emergency admissions and advice tel: 020 3594 0440
Out of hours GP service tel: 020 7377 7151
Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)
Open Mon to Fri 8am-4pm. Closed at weekends and on bank holidays St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE
Tel Reception: 020 3465 6843 or 020 3465 5869