To stop you waiting this summer and to ensure you get the care you need as quickly as possible, consider the alternative health care services available to you. For instance walk-in centres have a whole host of GPs and nurses ready and waiting to see you. You can be seen, treated, prescribed and home within a few hours – especially during when hospital emergency departments are busier than usual with additional pressures on their services.
Ask your local pharmacist for advice about lots of common health issues such as diarrhoea, migraines and skin problems.
Make an appointment with your GP if you are feeling unwell and it’s not an emergency. All GPs will offer an emergency out-of-hours service. Did you know that even if you are out of town, you can join any GP practice as a temporary patient? The NHS Choices website has a handy search facility to see which practices cover your local area.
Urgent cases such as loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, severe bleeding, trouble breathing or a suspected broken bone should be reserved for A&E.
Local walk-in and urgent care centres include:
The Hill Urgent Care Centre
50 Percy Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 3ND
Open 8am-8pm every day. Tel: 0345 111 1310
Birmingham NHS Walk-in Centre
Lower ground floor, Boots, 66 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7TA