We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
The following image displays what action you can take should you need medical advice/assistance whilst the surgery is closed:
NHS 111 is free from all telephones, alternatively our answering system will also give you details of who you can contact.
You may receive telephone advice, be invited to a local walk in centre, or a doctor might visit you at home depending on the circumstance. This service is not for routine matters, but for pressing medical problems which cannot wait until the surgery is open again.
Call 999 in an EMERGENCY
Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just call your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
Call 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
Minor injuries unit (MIU)
For minor injuries (not illness) go to Chippenham Hospital walk in service which opens from 7am – 1am all year round.
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.
The nearest A & E is Royal United Hospital, Bath