Choose Well, Stay Well
Help the health service help you!
There are a range of healthcare services available to help you find the right expert care to meet your needs. Picking the service most appropriate to your symptoms means you get the right treatment in the right place.
Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses, ailments and injuries. A range of common illnesses and complaints, such as aches and pains, coughs, colds, upset stomachs and sore throats can be treated with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. Remember, whether treated or not, most of these will get better.
Your local pharmacy
Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without you having to wait for a GP appointment or go to your Emergency Department.
GPs provide a range of services including medical advice, examinations, prescriptions and ongoing care for more longstanding or chronic conditions.
Out of hours
GP out of hours is available if you require urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed. GP out of hours services operate from 6.00 pm each weekday evening until your GP surgery opens the next morning and 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Remember to telephone the service first. The doctor or nurse will give you advice over the telephone, decide if you need to be seen by a doctor or will refer you to another service if required. Contact information for GP Out of Hours
Emergency departments provide the highest level of emergency care for patients, especially those with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma.
Read more about Emergency Departments in Belfast
You should always call 999 if someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk.
More information is available on www.nidirect.gov.uk/choosewell