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When it's not a life-threatening emergency

If it is not a life-threatening emergency and you, or the person you are with, do not need immediate medical attention, consider other options before you dial 999:

Call NHS 111 or visit the NHS 111 website. This is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Talk to your local pharmacist.

Visit or call your GP.

Visit the NHS Choices website.

Make your own way to your local A&E department, walk-in centre, minor injuries unit or urgent care centre. (Arriving in an ambulance does not necessarily mean you will be treated more quickly.)

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