Stay well this winter

If you or someone you care about falls ill at the weekend, it can be a worrying time. It can also be difficult to know what to do.

The NHS have a website with much information, including when to call 111. This is the NHS non-emergency number, it is fast, easy and free. When you call 111 you will speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care. It is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it is not a life-threatening situation. For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way. If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number. For immediate life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.

For more information please visit their website