What to do when the GP practice is closed
– If it’s a life-threatening emergency call 999
– If you need medical help but it’s not an emergency call 111
During normal practice opening hours, the practice remains your first point of contact for all routine requests.
NHS 111 is the number to call when you need medical help fast but it’s not a life-threatening emergency. Calls to NHS 111 are FREE from landlines and mobiles and NHS 111 is available 24/7, every day of the year.
When to call 111
You should call 111 when:
• You think you need to go to A&E or to another NHS urgent care service
• Your GP surgery is closed and you need healthcare advice
• You don’t know who to call for medical help.
When to call 999
Call 999 for life threatening emergencies such as:
• Major accident or trauma
• Severe breathlessness
• Severe bleeding
• Loss of consciousness
• Severe chest pain
Accident and Emergency / 999
Whatever the day or time, if you or someone else experiences severe chest pain, loss of blood or suspected broken bones, go to your nearest Accident and Emergency department (Queen Elizabeth Hospital) or call 999.
Accident and Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can assess serious injuries and provide emergency treatment.