Need health care over the Bank Holiday weekend? Call NHS 111 before you go.

Need health care over the Bank Holiday weekend? Call NHS 111 before you go.

If you need health support over the Bank Holiday weekend (24-26 August) NHS 111 is there to help you find the right service to meet your needs.

There are lots of health services available but sometimes it’s hard to know which one is right for you.  When you call NHS 111 you will be assessed, given advice and directed straightaway to the local service that can help you best.  That could be a late opening pharmacy, an emergency dentist, an out of hours GP, community nurse, minor injuries unit, urgent care centre or A&E department.

NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help wherever you are, and whatever the time.  By using NHS 111 it can help free up 999 and local A&E departments so that they can focus on emergency cases.  So call NHS 111 before you go.

Dr Vishen Ramkisson– who is a GP and clinical lead for NHS 111 in Hertfordshire said, “The 111 service in Hertfordshire works very well and is one of the top performing services in the country.  When you dial 111 you will be assessed then given information about the right local health service that is open and that can meet your needs.  Call before you go”.

A recent caller to the service described their experience as “an excellent service.  Calm, informative advice at every step of the way.” Another said, “Thank goodness for 111.”

Calls to 111 are free from landlines and mobiles and the service is open 24 hours a day, every day.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies you should always dial 999.