What is an Emergency?

Whatever the time of day, if you or someone else experiences the following symptoms and you feel you cannot wait to be seen by the Doctor, please go to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department or call 999.

Symptoms include

  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Vomiting blood
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Black stools
  • Breathlessness
  • Non-blanching rashes (the glass test)
  • Possible anaphylactic shock (swelling of mouth and throat)

Emergencies will be dealt with as a priority by a GP.


 NHS 111 Urgent Care Services

Call 111 if you need medical help fast, but it’s non life-threatening. For example, if you;

  • Think you need to go to hospital
  • Don’t know who to call for medical help
  • Need medical advice or reassurance about what to do next
  • Don’t have a GP to call

Ask Your Pharmacist

Pharmacies can help with a wide range of common conditions and minor illness/ injuries, such as aches and pains, uncomplicated cystitis, colds and skin rashes. You don’t need an appointment; you can just pop in, so why wait for a consultation with your nurse or doctor. Don’t miss out on this valuable service on your high street. Visit the National Pharmacy Association website for more information.