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NHS 111

You should use the NHS 111 service if you need urgent medical help or advice for a physical issue that is not a life-threatening situation, or if you are experiencing a mental health crisis (by calling 111 and selecting option 2 when prompted for the mental health service). You can use the service online www.111.nhs.uk (this service is for people aged 5 and over) or call 111.
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If you have an urgent medical problem and you are not sure what to do, but you’re not in a life-threatening situation, then NHS 111 can help. You can get help online right away or call 111

How NHS 111 works

You answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking to a fully trained adviser on the phone. The phone service and website are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Depending on the situation you will:

  • find out what local service can help you;
  • be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP;
  • get a face-to-face appointment if you need one;
  • be told how to get any medicine you need; or
  • get self-care advice.

If you need a translator you can ask for one. 

Calling NHS 111 and pressing option 2 when prompted for the mental health service will put you through to our dedicated Mental Health First Response Service. This service is open 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and provides access to mental health care, advice, support and treatment. 

You should use 111 if:

  • It’s not a 999 emergency.
  • You think you need to go to A&E or another NHS urgent care service but you’re not sure.
  • You don’t think you can wait for an appointment with your GP.
  • You don’t know who to call for medical help.
  • You are experiencing a mental health crisis.

When an ambulance is required, they will dispatch one immediately – just as if you had originally dialled 999.

Call 111 for FREE from a mobile/landline

You can also call 111 to access the GP out of hours service, when your GP practice is closed (in the evenings and at weekends).