We’re experiencing high levels of demand which we cannot safely manage in line with guidance issued by the British Medical Association (BMA) on the number of appointments each GP should have each day. This means we may not be able to offer you an appointment with a GP today or we may ask you to use an alternative service.
We’ve also noticed an increase in the number of appointments for common health conditions which could have been seen by other healthcare professionals such as the local pharmacist.
Here’s other options you could consider.
Use your pharmacy
Your local pharmacy can provide expert, confidential advice and treatment. Best of all, there is no need for an appointment.
Your local pharmacist is a trained medical professional. They are able to provide medical advice as well as over the counter medication for things such as:
• Coughs and colds, including congestion and a sore throat
• Athletes foot
• Thrush and period pain
• Hay fever and allergies
• Minor cuts and bruises
• Blocked nose
• Sprain or strain
• Skin conditions such as mild acne, eczema, or a rash
For accidents and unexpected health problems, call NHS 111. It’s free and is a fast and easy way for people to get the right help, whatever their health needs and whatever the time of day or night.
Callers to 111 are put through to a team of highly-skilled call advisers, who are supported by experienced nurses. They use a clinical assessment system and ask questions to assess callers’ needs and determine the most appropriate course of action.