We aim to ensure health services are available for you when you become ill, but we also want to help you to help yourself.
There is a range of free health services on your doorstep. Choosing the right one will ensure you receive the best possible treatment, allowing busy services like hospital Emergency Departments (A&E) to concentrate on helping those most in need.
Self care is about looking after your own health and making the right choices about where to go for help and advice when you need it. Many common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home - talk to your pharmacist about remedies.
Keep a well stocked medical cabinet. This could include:pain killers, anti-diarrhoeal medicine, rehydration mixture, indigestion remedies, cold and flu remedies, first aid kit with bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes and cream, eyewash, medical tape, sterile dressing and thermometer. Find more advice about what to keep in your medicine cabinet on NHS Choices
If you’re feeling unwell or have a minor injury you can get expert help online at NHS Choices. This is the UK's biggest health website offering a wealth of health information and services to put you in control of your healthcare www.nhs.uk.
Try the NHS Choices Health A-Z or Symptom Checker
You can phone NHS 111 if you don't know who to call for medical help, if you don't have a GP to call, or if you need medical advice or reassurance about what to do next. In a serious or life threatening situation call 999.
Calls to NHS 111 are free, although mobile users will require a minimum of 1p credit.
You can visit your local pharmacy where fully trained health professionals will provide on-the-spot confidential advice. You don't need an appointment and they can advise on the best medicines for many common illnesses. Find out more about how your pharmacy can help
To find your nearest pharmacy use the 'Find Services' box at the foot of this page, visit www.nhs.uk or call NHS 111.
Pharmacy opening times over Christmas and New Year are available here
You can make an appointment with your GP for illnesses and injuries which aren't life-threatening, but which won't go away.
GPs provide medical advice, examinations and prescriptions, and you can speak to your GP or practice nurse over the phone. GP surgeries are generally open 8.00am - 6.30pm weekdays. If you need a GP outside of these hours call NHS 111
Your GP surgery can now offer appointments in the early evening and weekends. Find out more about evening and weekend appointments on this website, or ask your practice receptionists for details.
Yeovil Urgent Health Care Service
From 1 September 2017 members of the public will be able to access The Yeovil Urgent Care Service (located at Yeovil Hospital).
The service will be available each Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm.
Anyone with an urgent need for medical treatment can access the centre by first telephoning NHS 111 and booking an appointment.
If you have dental pain or toothache and your dental surgery is closed, call NHS 111. If you are not registered with a dentist, you can call NHS 111 to find your nearest dental practice taking on NHS patients.
If you, or someone you know, needs mental health support and guidance you can contact the following:
- Samaritans provide confidential emotional support if you are anxious, depressed or suicidal. Call the 24-hour helpline 08457 90 90 90
- MIND Infoline offers advice and support information. Lines are open 9.00am - 6.00pm Mon - Fri except bank holidays. Call 0300 123 3393
- Saneline offers emotional support for people in mental distress. They are open between 6.00pm - 11.00pm everyday.Call 0300 304 7000
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services across the county to support people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Visit their website for more information: www.sompar.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis/mental-health-crisis/
If you are concerned about an immediate risk of harm - either to yourself or someone else - then phone 999.
Hospital Minor Injury Unit (MIU)
If you need to see someone straight away for a minor injury visit your local minor injury unit.
In Somerset, there are Minor Injury Units at community hospitals in Bridgwater, Burnham on Sea, Chard, Frome, Glastonbury, Minehead and Shepton Mallet.
A&E Emergency Department
A&E Emergency Departments are for life threatening illnesses and injuries only. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dialling 999 or going to A&E if you don't need to could delay treatment for someone more seriously ill than you are.
If you have a life threatening illness or injury, there are A&E Emergency Departments at: