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If you are unwell then you will be better placed than anyone to decide whether you need to seek medical advice, and how urgently you need that advice.
On this page we give details of the main ways in which to get medical advice, and seek treatment.
If your situation is life-threatening then always call 999, but try not to use emergency services unless it is absolutely necessary.
This the first point of contact for non-urgent concerns, and general health enquiries and information. The service is available 24 hours per day.
Call telephone number 111 to speak with someone at the NHS 111 service. They will answer any questions you have, and will ensure that you are put in touch with the right service quickly if they think your situation is more urgent.
If your medical problem is non-urgent, you can book an appointment with your GP surgery.
If you are not yet registered with a GP surgery then go to our Registering with a Local Doctor page for advice on what to do.
If you feel you need your doctor's help outside of surgery hours, and it cannot wait, phone the surgery. You will be redirected to an out of hours GP provider, who will be able to advise you.
If you cannot get a GP appointment as quickly as you would like, then consider using the NHS 111 service, visiting a walk-in clinic (see below), or speaking to your local chemist for advice.
As well as dispensing your medication, your local phamacist can provide quick health advice on minor injuries such as cuts, sprains, small fractures, and common illnesses such as coughs and colds. They can also provide emergency contraception, and give advice on issues such as improving your diet, or giving up smoking.
If you need to get advice about a non-urgent medical condition outside of normal surgery hours, there may be a walk-in clinic near you. You do not necessarily need to be registered at the clinic in order to use it. To find your nearest walk-in clinic visit the NHS Choices website.
The NHS Choices website has a Symptom Checker where you answer a series of questions about your symptoms, then are given advice on what you should do, or what the problem might be. This may be useful as a starting point for finding out what's wrong with you, but always get a medical practitioner to confirm the diagnosis, and always seek more urgent help if you think that your medical condition is more serious.
Sometimes it is necessary to go into hospital in order to receive the medical treatment you need, particularly in an emergency. In a medical emergency always call 999 and get the help you need. However, if your situation is not urgent, then you should not use this service. It is important that this emergency service is reserved for those who are in most need.
If it's possible, then consider making your own way to your local Accident and Emergency department. This may be the fastest way to get to hospital. On the NHS Choices website you can find your nearest A&E department.
Hospital staff will always do their best to ensure your well-being while you are in hospital, but it is worth thinking about ways in which you can plan ahead to avoid the need to go into hospital.
The NHS recommends that you should always call 999 in emergency situations such as the following:
If you or someone you know is having a heart attack or stroke, call 999 immediately. Every second counts with these conditions.
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