We offer a range of routine appointments with doctors and nurses for on going health complaints and more serious conditions which cannot be treated by self care but that are not considered a medical emergency.
It is therefore important to consider whether an appointment with a doctor or nurse is the most appropriate route.
Coughs, colds, headaches and other minor ailments may be more better being treated at home in the first instance.
Saving a visit to the doctor for more serious conditions can help free up our GPs’ time making it easier to get an appointment when you really need it.
Pay a visit to your pharmacy
Pharmacists are highly trained and are experts in medicines with clinical and practical expertise. They can advise you on common problems including coughs, colds, aches and pains and give lifestyle advice and support from loosing weight to stopping smoking.
Often a pharmacist can help you decide whether you need to see a health professional and consider the alternatives when you are thinking of making an appointment to see you GP.
More information regarding the services pharmacies offer may be found online or in store at you local pharmacy.
NHS 111 is a free non-emergency number.
If you need urgent medical help or advice and its not an emergency, you can call 111 and speak to a fully trained adviser. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Contact 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but its not life threatening
- you think you may need to go to A&E or an urgent care centre
- you aren’t sure who to contact and need health information or reassurance about what to do next
A&E is for patients who need emergency care for serious and life-threatening conditions. If you are unsure whether you should go to the emergency department consider using another service. Contacting NHS 111 if you require urgent medical help which is not life threating , contact you local GP if its serious but not non-urgent condition or pharmacist you feel self care may be more appropriate.
Save A&E for when you need it most. More information regarding A&E can be found here.