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Find a local NHS service
Visit NHS Choices to find your nearest hospitals, pharmacies, GP surgeries, dentists, opticians, support for carers and walk-in centres, plus health condition information. Click on the icon.
If you’re not sure which NHS service you need, call 111. An adviser will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and then give you the advice you need, or direct you straightaway to the best service for you in your area.
Ask your pharmacist
Pharmacists are expert in many aspects of healthcare and can offer advice on a wide range of long-term conditions and common illnesses such as coughs, colds and stomach upsets. You don’t need an appointment and many have private consultation areas, so they are a good first port of call. Your pharmacist will say if you need further medical attention.
See your family doctor
GPs assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical procedures. Your GP will arrange a referral to a hospital specialist should you need it.
Visit an urgent care service
Visit a walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or urgent care centre if you have a minor illness or injury (infections, vomiting and stomach aches) and it can't wait until your GP surgery is open. These urgent care services are often managed by nurses and some also have doctors. You don't need an appointment and they are open outside office hours.
Accident and Emergency
A&E departments provide vital care for life-threatening emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attacks, breathing difficulties, or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped. If you’re not sure it’s an emergency, call 111 for advice.
24/7 A&E and Urgent Care Centres (UCCs)
A map and contact details for all 24/7 A&E departments and UCCs.
One in four people will experience mental illness in any year. If that’s you, there is help available. Mental illness is treatable and, with appropriate support and treatment, people do recover.
Stop smoking services
One in two smokers will die from a smoking-related-disease, half before the age of 70. Stopping smoking is important to improve your health and wellbeing.