To help you choose well ask yourself the following question:
If so, then A&E (your local accident and emergency or casualty department) is the right place or call 999. If it's not an accident or an emergency and its not suitable for self care then you can call NHS 111, which is a 24/7 service.
If you become unwell or are injured make sure you choose the right NHS service to make sure you get the best treatment.
Use the links below to get advice about when and how to use these NHS services.
Note: NHS Direct has been replaced by NHS 111
Find more information in OTHER LANGUAGES on the appropriate use of NHS services including in emergencies here.
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NHS 111 - NHS emergency and urgent care services
NHS - Check your symptoms