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Is A&E the best place to be?

Feeling a bit ropey?  Thinking of going to A&E? 

There’s more to the NHS than just A&E.  There’s a whole range of services that can treat you just as well and in most cases quicker than A&E.

We don’t expect you to know about them all, as you’re mostly healthy and don’t need the NHS very often, but there are a few things you can do ready for when you do need medical attention:

1. Pharmacies

Your local high street pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment or go to your A&E.  To find your nearest local pharmacy, look in your local phone directory, go to


2. Register with a GP

Many of our local GP surgeries are offering extended opening hours during the winter which means that getting an appointment should be much easier.

A lot of students aren’t registered with a GP surgery in their university town or city, but it’s really easy, and quick, to do.  Just put your shared house or hall of residence postcode into, then visit or ring your chosen practice to register with them. It helps if you have your NHS number, but you can still register without it.


3. If you have a health issue that’s not an emergency and you’re not sure what to do, there’s a new number you can ring - 111.

The NHS will then give you advice on the best course of action.


4. Save this web address as a favourite on your smartphone, tablet and/or laptop:

This will help you find your nearest NHS services simply by entering your postcode.  You can also find advice for treating common health conditions at home, and see when you do need to pay a visit to the doctor.


Dr Richard Kelsall, on behalf of Chorley and South Ribble CCG, said,

“A&E is there to deal with real emergencies and saving lives. We should only be using it for medical emergencies and serious injuries. The right NHS services are everywhere – we just need you to stop and think – and then choose the right one.”

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