The NHS is there for you if you need them, and different services are available depending on the medical help required.
For non-emergency health concerns, contact NHS 111 online at: https://111.nhs.uk or call 111, free from landlines and mobile phones. This service is available 24 hours a day, including bank holidays. Callers will be directed to where they can get the medical help and advice they need.
Pharmacies also offer health advice and over-the-counter treatments. To check if your local pharmacy is open as normal, or for limited times over the Easter bank holiday, visit the NHS website.
Minor Injuries Units operate in Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Oswestry and Whitchurch and treat minor injuries such as bites, cuts, foreign bodies in the eyes, nose and ears, minor burns and scalds, sprains and bruises, and wound infections. For opening hours, visit the Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust website.
Urgent Treatment Centres (UTC), which are located at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, treat injuries which don’t need emergency treatment. For opening hours, visit the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust website.
For life threatening emergencies, such as a stroke or heart attack, contact 999.
If you are showing any signs of COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, please stay at home and use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online at www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19 for advice.
How well is Urgent Medical Care working in Shropshire?
From 1 December 2020, NHS England launched a new system called NHS 111 First. If you have an urgent, but not life-threatening health problem you can now contact NHS 111 First to find out if you need to go to A&E.
Have you done this or did you go straight to A&E or ring 999 or contact your GP?