Urgent, but not a serious or life-threatening emergency?

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The ongoing hot weather and sporting fever creates a great feelgood factor, but our emergency services are feeling an increase in demand from people needing care.

In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland there are many other places people can go for healthcare – they can treat people who urgently need healthcare, but who don’t have a serious or life- threatening emergency.

Anyone who is unsure of the service they need, or who needs immediate medical advice is urged to call NHS 111. They can give you advice and if you need to speak directly to a health care professional then they are available on the other end of the phone, whatever the time of day or night.

In Leicester City, patients can also access any of the four healthcare hubs. GP and nurse appointments are available all day, every day, including evening and weekends, for patients registered at any GP practice in Leicester City. Patients can book an appointment by calling NHS 111. Please see www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/find-a-service/healthcare-hubs/ for further details.

In Leicestershire County and Rutland, urgent care centres are available. Walk in services are available at Loughborough Urgent Care Centre, Melton Mowbray Urgent Care Centre, Oadby Walk In Centre, Rutland Urgent Care Centre and Market Harborough Urgent Care Centre. Appointments are also available at these locations through NHS 111. Please see https://eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk/yourhealth/localservices/urgentcare/  for further details.

Dr James Ogle – GP Clinical Lead said “It is also worth remembering that your local pharmacist can also offer advice on medications and common symptoms. Some of the people we are seeing in the emergency department do not require emergency care and could be seen by a pharmacist or a GP – without having to wait in the emergency department to be seen.”