Over the last 18 months primary care and emergency care have got increasingly busier.
This helpful guide has been prepared to make it easy for you to choose the appropriate service:
A&E or 999
Choking, chest pain, breathing problems.
Visit A&E or call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Unwell? Unsure? Need Help?
Call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical advice or you’re not sure which NS service you need.
Minor cuts, sprains, rashes
Get help at an urgent treatment centre if you have a minor illness or injury and can’t wait to see your GP.
Feeling ill, back pains, ear aches
Make an appointment with your GP if you are feeling unwell and it is not an emergency.
Headaches, tummy troubles, coughs
Ask your local pharmacist for advice on common minor illnesses
Colds, sore throats, hangovers
Take care of minor ailments at home with a first aid kit and a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
- Further information on the NHS urgent and emergency care services is available online