Calling 999 for an Ambulance gets me to the top of the Accident and Emergency queue? False! Patients are seen on a medical need, not who gets to hospital first.
Accident & Emergency, NHS 111, walk in centres and GP surgeries are just a few of the health services available to you. If you’re unwell, it’s important to make sure you select the most appropriate service:
- Having a well-stocked medicine cabinet will help you deal with most minor health problems and illnesses at home. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have included a list of medicines you should stock up on: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Walk-in%20centre/LocationSearch/663
- The NHS 111 Service will be able to advise you on local services or connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist and GP.
- Pharmacies can give treatment advice about a range of common conditions and minor illnesses. You don’t need an appointment, just turn up!