If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do then NHS 111 can help you.
NHS 111 is free to use and open 24 hours a day, every day. It can be accessed online at 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 from your mobile phone or landline.
Using 111 will help you get the right care and can save you time, effort and unnecessary journeys.
The service is suitable for patients who are unsure where to go for medical advice or for patients with urgent health conditions that can’t wait until their GP surgery is open and available to help. It identifies the most appropriate service to meet patients’ needs.
Need to go to the Emergency Department? Contact NHS 111 first
If you need urgent medical care in Manchester, but don’t need an ambulance, you should call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk before self-presenting at the Emergency Department (A&E).
NHS 111 are now able to book Emergency Department slots. When you contact the service, you will be put through to a trained medical professional who will assess your need and advise you what do to and where to go.
There are many alternatives for getting the treatment you need and this could mean you are seen quicker and possibly closer to home.
If you do need to go to the Emergency Department, the call handler will arrange a time slot for you. You will turn up at your allotted time and register via an express lane and seen within 30 minutes of arrival. This means you won’t be in the waiting area for very long and you can maintain social distancing.
How to access NHS 111
Call NHS 111 by dialling 111 from a landline or mobile (calls are free).
Or go to the NHS 111 website.
When to use NHS 111
Use NHS 111 if you need:
- medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service, such as minor injuries unit or the out-of-hours GP
- you don’t have a GP and are unsure who to call
- you need health or medical information, or reassurance about what to do next.
What to expect
When you contact 111, a fully trained adviser or nurse will speak to you and assess your symptoms. They will then give you the healthcare advice you need, or direct you straight away to the local service that can help you best.
If it is an emergency, an ambulance will be dispatched immediately without the need for any further assessment.