How to use NHS services responsibly
HEALTH SERVICES ARE CHANGING
- Unwell during the day? Call your GP between 8am and 6pm.
- Urgent? There are same day appointments at a practice nearby up until 8pm.
- When your GP is closed call 111.
- Injured? Bishop Auckland Minor Injury Unit is available 24/7.
If unsure call NHS 111
THE NHS BELONGS TO US ALL, LET’S USE IT RESPONSIBLY.
The way you use your NHS matters – using it wisely means we can develop and invest in local services to make your NHS fit for the future.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE UNWELL…
Your quick guide to local health services.
Be sure to stock up your medicine cabinet with pain killers, plasters and antiseptic creams. Visit the www.nhs.uk website for further advice on taking care of yourself.
- Grazed Knee
- Sore Throat
Pharmacists can provide confidential health advice and treatment for minor ailments. There is no need to make an appointment. To find your nearest local pharmacy, go to www.nhs.uk.
- Runny Nose
- Painful Cough (of less than 2 weeks)
Your Local GP Surgery
Your GP can provide a wide range of family health services including advice, prescriptions and referrals to other health and social services. Practice nurses and nurse practitioners often work alongside them to help support patients’ everyday health.
- Ear Pain
- Blood in Toilet
Call NHS 111 if you require medical help and advice for anything that is not a life-threatening emergency.
- Need Help or Advice?
Urgent Care Centre
Get help for a minor illness or injury at times you can’t wait to see your GP.
- Itchy Rash
Accident and Emergency
A&E should only be used in an emergency for critical or life-threatening situations. If you cannot travel yourself, you should dial 999 for an ambulance.
- Broken Bones
- Heavy Bleeding
- Trouble Breathing
- Chest Pain