Information on your local NHS services
A&E or 999 – for health emergencies
Use the 999 service for serious health emergencies which include:
- a major accident
- broken bones
- breathing problems
- severe chest pains
- suspected stroke
- severe blood loss
There are accident and emergencies (A&E) services available at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle and at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital (NSECH) in Cramlington (Telephone 0344 811 8111).
For minor problems during normal surgery hours contact the surgery for advice.
Out of hours GP services
For URGENT medical attention – dial 111 (a 24 hour urgent health care advice service. For more information visit the NHS Choices website.
NHS 111 is the number to ring when you need medical help fast, but it is not a life-threatening emergency.
NHS Choices – is the online ‘front door’ to the NHS. It is the country’s biggest health website and gives all the information you need to make choices about your health.
Walk-in Centres and Minor Injury Units – for treatment of minor illnesses or injuries without an appointment.
Local pharmacies provides expert advice on common health problems and many pharmacies have early and late opening hours.
If you receive free prescriptions you can use the Pharmacy First scheme which allows people to go straight to their pharmacist to receive treatment without needing to get a prescription first. For a list of participating pharmacies in North Tyneside, click here.
Minor ailments such as hangovers, upset stomachs, headaches and sore throats can be treated at home with a well stocked medicine cabinet.