Over the winter period it is important that you use the NHS appropriately. You should only go to A&E if it is a life threatening emergency. There are a number of alternatives available including:
Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without you having to go to your GP or other healthcare setting. To find your local pharmacy, including those open 24 hours, visit www.nhs.uk
NHS 111 is a service which makes it easier for you to access NHS services. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and is free when you telephone 111. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but is not a 999 emergency.
Out of Hours service
If you need a doctor out of normal hours, dial NHS 111 to contact the Out of Hours service.
Urgent Care Centres
Skegness Hospital, Dorothy Avenue, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 2BS Tel: 01754 613504 Open: 24 hours, seven days a week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays)
County Hospital, High Holme Road, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 0EU Tel: 01507 600100 ext 1223 Open: 24 hours, seven days a week (including Christmas Day and Bank Holidays)