Where to get health advice
When you are feeling really unwell or are concerned about your health, you should contact your local practice or health centre to make an appointment to see the Doctor or a member of the Healthcare team such as a Practice Nurse. The receptionist will help to advise you on who you should see. If you feel you need to see your Doctor urgently, you will need to tell the receptionist when you phone.
It is worth remembering that your local pharmacist can advise on a range of minor ailments such as coughs, colds, flu, headaches and upset stomachs and in these cases you don’t need to see your Doctor. For more information on how a Pharmacist can help you, please click on the ‘Ask a Pharmacist / Chemist for Advice’ page.
When your practice or health centre is closed in the evenings and at weekends, and your problem cannot wait until your practice or health centre opens, you should call the NHS24 Helpline on 111 and qualified staff will be able to advise you further.
For a wide range of minor ailments, a visit to the Doctor is not necessary. It is always worth visiting your local Pharmacist or Chemist as not all conditions require medication only prescribed by a Doctor. Your local Pharmacist or Chemist can provide advice and medication which does not need to be prescribed by a Doctor for a wide range of circumstances including:
- Bugs and viruses
- Minor injuries
- Stomach complaints
- Women’s health
- Men’s health
- Skin conditions
- Aches and pains
- Children’s problems
- Emergency contraception
Many Pharmacies have a small consulting room where you can speak to the Pharmacist in private and the range of services provided is growing all the time.
When your local practice or health centre is closed in the evenings and at weekends and you cannot wait until it reopens you should call the NHS24 Helpline on 111 and qualified staff will be able to advise whether you need to see a doctor.
If you need urgent attention dial 999 for the emergency services.