Local health care & support is available from:
Alongside this there is Self Care
If you have an illness or injury that won't go away but isn't life- threatening, contact your GP surgery first, if possible, to make an appointment. Core opening hours are Monday - Friday 8.00am - 6.00pm. Many GPs now offer extended opening hours including at evenings and weekends. Please contact your practice for details.
The pharmacy is an accessible health resource for you and your family. Everyone can get advice from a pharmacist and buy medicine for a minor ailment or illness.
Many pharmacies are open when your GP surgery is closed (evenings, weekends and on public holidays). You do not need to make an appointment to speak to a pharmacist.
Treatment for a wide range of injuries including:
If you are ill when your doctor’s surgery is closed and you feel it cannot wait until it re-opens, call NHS 24 on 08454 24 24 24.
Calls to NHS 24 should cost no more than the price of a local telephone call from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and other networks may vary.
NHS inform Helpline can give you information about illnesses and conditions, treatments, NHS services and other support services. (8am to 10pm, 7 days).
All phone calls to NHS inform are private and confidential
Help and advice from a range of health professionals such as:
These services should only be used in an emergency, a critical or life-threatening situation. Play your part by considering one of the other services where possible to allow staff to concentrate on treating patients who are seriously ill or injured.
999 is the telephone number for emergency medical assistance following a serious accident, illness or injury - for example, in the event of traumatic blood loss, chest pain or loss of consciousness.
The best choice to treat very minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints (such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains) can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
Some self-care essentials:
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