Full details of all the NHS services available on the NHS Choices website at NHS Services Explained and Urgent and emergency care services.
If we are closed and you need medical advice or assistance here are some tips on what to do and who to turn to:
> Tips on how to cope
> 999 Emergency
> Contact 999 by text
> Find local health services
> Be prepared at home
When we are closed, if you need advice or medical treatment that cannot wait until we are open, you can dial 111. NHS trained advisers can decide what help you need and arrange a doctor or ambulance if necessary.
Find out more at NHS 111 (where you can also download explanatory leaflets in English and foreign languages).
by SMS text
If you can’t make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone.
Emergency SMS is part of the standard 999 service designed specifically for people with hearing loss or speech difficulties. Download leaflet.
You will need to register your mobile phone before using Emergency SMS. Do it now, just text ‘register’ and send the message to 999. You will get a reply – then follow the instructions you are sent. More info and video.
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Be prepared in case of emergencies:
- Print out the details and phone numbers of your local medical centres and keep them where you can see them, such as on your fridge door or in your mobile phone/diary.
- If you have a long-term condition, write down the details of your GP, prescriptions, other medications and any test results. Again, keep them handy so you can give as much information as possible to the person who provides treatment in an emergency.
- Keep a basic first aid kit in your home and ensure that everyone, including children, knows where it is and how to use it.