If you do find yourself ill, injured or unwell, and are not sure where to seek help, here are a few useful pointers:
- If you need an urgent prescription because you have run out of your normal prescribed medicines, most community pharmacies can help
- Take early action - seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. Further advice can be found at: www.nhs.uk/staywell
- This ASAP website www.asapglos.nhs.uk provides information about lots of health conditions, looking after yourself and where to find the right help. You can also download the ASAP Glos NHS App free from your App store or pop into your local Pharmacy
- Urgent GP appointments are usually available from 8am (first come first serve) at your GP surgery or another surgery. Contact your surgery for more information.
- If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need from doctors and nurses working in the Gloucestershire Out of Hours service. This could include advice over the phone, a visit to a local primary care centre or a home visit
- The Gloucester Health Access Centre on Eastgate Street will also take non-registered patients and is open 8am-8pm every day (including bank holidays). Call 01452 336290 to book an appointment.
- Use Emergency Services wisely - call 999 only when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke