When your doctor’s surgery is closed you can…
Call NHS 111 – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- When you need medical advice or an out-of-hours GP.
Calling NHS 111 is free from a landline or mobile phone. The service is staffed by fully trained call advisors who are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. If an ambulance is needed – the NHS 111 call adviser will arrange for one to be dispatched immediately. (more on NHS 111)
Visit your local pharmacy
- Pharmacists can offer free, qualified health advice at any time with no appointment needed. (more on pharmacy)
Go to your local Urgent Care Centre
- These offer convenient access to treatment for a range of minor illnesses and injuries.
To find out where they are, what conditions can be treated and what their opening times are visit the ‘Minor Illness and Injury Units’ page or call NHS 111.
The A&E department and 999 services should be used when it’s a critical or life threatening emergency only.
If you think you need to see a doctor out of normal surgery hours and you can’t wait until they open again, calling 111 will connect you to the Out of Hours GP service.