Alternatives to A&E this summer

Published/updated: 10/07/17 10:30

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

Open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0121 255 4500

South Birmingham GP Walk-in Centre

15 Katie Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6JG

Open 8am-8pm every day. Tel: 0121 415 2095

Erdington Health and Wellbeing Centre

196 High Street, Erdington, B23 6SJ

Open 8am-8pm every day. Tel: 0121 686 8010

Summerfield GP and Urgent Care Centre

134 Heath Street, Winston Green, Birmingham, B18 7AL

Open 8am-8pm. Tel: 0345 245 0769

Solihull Urgent Primary Care

Solihull Hospital (next to the Minor Injuries Unit), Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2AE

Washwood Heath Urgent Care Centre

Clodeshall Road, Saltley, Birmingham, B8 3SW

Open 9am-9pm every day. Tel: 0121 322 4310

Walsall Walk-in Health Centre

19-21 Digbeth market square, Walsall, WS1 1QZ

Open 7am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and bank holidays, closed Sundays. Tel: 01922 605 730

Burntwood Health and Wellbeing Centre

High street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 3XH

Open 8am-8pm. Tel: 01543 687 440

Sir Robert Peel Minor Injuries Unit

Plantation Lane, Mile Oak, Tamworth, B78 3NG

Tel: 01827 263 800

Samuel Johnson Minor Injuries Unit

Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, WS13 6EF

Tel: 01543 412 900

Warren Farm Urgent Care Centre

Warren Farm Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, B44 0PU

Open 8.30am-7.30pm every day except Christmas day

Tel: 0121 465 5613

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