As the thermometer illustrates, when the temperature of a situation rises, so does the urgency level of care you need to receive.
A&E (also called Emergency Department) and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. A&E doctors are specialists in treating life-threatening illness and injuries.
Walk-in centres offer convenient access to a range of treatment for minor illnesses and injuries including infections, rashes, lacerations, emergency contraception and advice, stomach upsets, cuts, bruises, burns and strains. You will be seen by an experienced nurse and don’t need an appointment.
If you have an illness or injury that won’t go away, make an appointment with your GP. They provide a range of services by appointment and offer same day appointments for urgent problems. Home visits can be made if essential. You can contact a GP or nurse when your surgery is closed, for urgent medical problems that cannot wait until the surgery is open again.
Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for common illnesses and complaints, including emergency contraception, without the need to visit your GP or go to A&E.
Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
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