Feeling peaky? There are a range of NHS services on your doorstep.
Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, upset stomachs and aches and pains can be treated with a well-stocked medicine cabinet and plenty of rest.
Ensure your medicine cabinet is well stocked with:
- Paracetamol or aspirin
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
- Rehydration mixture
- Indigestion mixture
NHS Choices has published a guide for people living with long-term conditions – view it here
If you are registered with a dentist, and require their attention, contact your surgery using the normal surgery telephone number. You will then be advised of the surgery’s arrangements for out of hours service.
For emergency dental care, residents are encouraged to contact their local Dental Access Team:
Blackpool: 01253 955200
Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for common illnesses and complaints, including emergency contraception, without the need to visit your GP or go to A&E.
To find your nearest chemist, simply text “pharmacy” to 64746 to receive three free texts with details of your nearest chemist.
GPs are able to provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.
If you receive regular treatment from your GP, it would be wise to make yourself aware of your practice’s opening times next time you visit the surgery.
If you need your GP and you don’t know what the arrangements are, or the surgery is closed, call the surgery and you will be advised of the practice arrangements. Details of GP practices can be found at: www.blackpoolccg.nhs.uk
GP-led Health Centre (Walk-in)
Walk-in centres offer convenient access to a range of treatment for minor illnesses and injuries including infections, rashes, lacerations, emergency contraception and advice, stomach upsets, cuts, bruises, burns and strains. You will be seen by an experienced nurse and don’t need an appointment.Whitegate Health Centre Whitegate Drive Blackpool FY3 9ES
Opening times: 8am – 8pm, seven days a week.
The NHS 111 service is the non-emergency number for accessing local health services. It is free to call and is a fast and easy way to get the right help – whatever your need, wherever you are and whatever the time.
A&E or 999
Feeling unwell? Do you really need to go to A&E?
A&E and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation. A&E doctors are specialists in treating life-threatening illness and injuries.
Information For The Visually Impaired
Blackpool Council has produced a booklet that provides information on local and national organisations who are able to provide help and advice to people with vision impairments. It includes organisations in the statutory and voluntary sectors. You can download the booklet here: Low Vision Information Booklet