Is a visit to the GP required?
Your local GP surgery provides a range of services, including general medical advice and treatment; prescriptions; referral to a specialist or hospital (where appropriate); jabs and tests (such as immunisations, blood tests or cervical smears). Remember to tell your doctor if you have tried or are still taking any self care treatment. For most medical problems arising within normal surgery hours, you can phone your surgery to make an appointment with your GP or Practice Nurse
If your surgery is closed and you need urgent treatment i.e. cannot wait until the surgery is open, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647 for advice, or phone your GP surgery and follow the recorded instructions.
DO YOU OR A FAMILY MEMBER NEED EMERGENCY HOSPITAL TREATMENT?
If so, you should go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department or call 999 for an emergency ambulance. An emergency is a critical or life threatening situation which may include loss of consciousness, severe chest pain or loss of blood. Remember to keep calm, do everything you can to help the person, but don’t put yourself in danger and don’t give the person anything to eat, drink or smoke. Please remember that hospital accident and emergency departments are designed to treat accidents and emergencies only.
Minor injuries are treated at the Dilke and Lydney Units. Telephone: Dilke Hospital 01594 598100, Lydney Hospital 01594 598220
THE AMBULANCE SERVICES
People are all familiar with the 999 phone number to call an ambulance, but when is it right to ring? The service is for emergencies, when an immediate response is vital. As soon as your call is received, an emergency ambulance is sent to your location. Situations requiring this service include: serious accidents, breathing problems ,chest pains, unexplained collapse or if unconscious, heavy loss of blood, overdose.
WALK IN CENTRE
Your nearest walk in centre is;- Bristol City Gate NHS Walk-in-Centre 33 Broad Street, Bristol Avon BS1 2EZ