Ambulatory care centre
The ambulatory care centre treats adult patients with medical conditions who need same-day emergency treatment that doesn’t require an overnight stay.
Patients are referred by their GP or from other parts of the hospital (it is not a walk-in unit). Referring patients to the ambulatory care centre means they don’t have to spend hours waiting in A&E and they get the treatment they need sooner. This reduces pressure on the hospital’s emergency department and avoids unnecessary hospital admissions.
The centre carries out scheduled tests such as x-ray and ultrasound, with results reviewed the same day by specialist consultants. Treatments and procedures such as blood transfusions and injections for severe pain are also available.
Staffed by consultants, nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants, the centre has several consulting rooms, trolley bays and bays with recliner chairs.
Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm. Out of hours, patients will be sent to A&E.
The ambulatory care centre at University Hospital Lewisham is next to the main building on Lewisham High Street and has its own entrance. Telephone: 020 8333 3000 x3302
The ambulatory care centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital is located within the main hospital building. Telephone: 020 8836 6000 x5032/4916.