Out of hours
For medical advice and attention after 6.30pm, at weekends and on Bank Holidays call 111. If you need urgent treatment or advice a trained receptionist will answer the 111 number.
They in turn will pass on all your details to the duty doctor.
The duty doctor will then telephone you as quickly as possible. It may be that the doctor can answer your queries and help deal with your problems over the telephone.
If you need to be seen, the doctor may ask you to visit the Out of Hours Centre. If you are bed bound by your illness, or housebound, the doctor will visit you at home.
Details of all consultations are passed to your own doctor by 10am the following working day.
Do I need to call 999?
Please only dial 999 or go to your nearest Accident & Emergency if the illness or injury is life threatening or can't wait.
You should dial 999 immediately if you or someone else is seriously ill. For example if someone:
has had a major accident
has problems with breathing
has severe chest pains is unconscious
has lost a lot of blood
At all other times, NHS 111 can tell you what to do if you or your family are feeling ill. Depending upon what is wrong with you, NHS 111 could advise you how to self-care, get in touch with the out of hours GP service, go to a walk-in centre or go to hospital.
NHS 111 may need to call an ambulance for you if they think you need help quickly.