Out-of-hours is defined as weeknights from 6.30pm to 8.00am, weekends from 6.30pm on Friday to 8.00am on Monday and Bank Holidays until 8.00am the next morning.
Outside surgery hours, call the usual surgery number and listen to the message - it will tell you how to contact the out-of-hours service. If you need to see a doctor and are able to travel by car, you may be asked to attend their clinic. If you are too unwell to travel, a doctor or paramedic may visit your home according to your medical needs.
Please only use the out-of-hours service if your medical condition is such that you cannot possibly wait until the surgery opens again. The provision of an out-of-hours service costs local health authorities a lot of money and its resources are stretched by inappropriate use, meaning that patients who really need attention have to wait longer.
NHS 111 is much more than a helpline - if you're worried about an urgent medical concern, you can call 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.
Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one.
NHS 111 advisers can also assess if you need an ambulance and send one immediately if necessary.
If you're worried about an urgent medical concern, call 111 and speak to a fully trained adviser. For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist.
Visit the NHS111 website for more information.
Call 999 in a medical emergency - when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
Medical emergencies can include:
Call 999 immediately if you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke. Every second counts with these conditions.
Also call 999 if you think someone has had a major trauma. Major trauma is often the result of a serious road traffic accident, a stabbing, a shooting, a fall from height, or a serious head injury.