Can't see GP
Many people are struggling to make GP appointments at the moment. If you can’t get through to you GP or arrange an appointment, but need to speak to a medical professional, there are other options. Depending on the severity of your issue – you can drop into your local pharmacy for advice, call 111 or another helpline, or register with your GP online.
Many people are struggling to make GP appointments at the moment. If you can’t get through to you GP or arrange an appointment, but need to speak to a medical professional, here’s what you can do
If it’s an emergency, always call 999 immediately.
Call NHS 111
If it’s not a medical emergency but it’s a pressing issue, NHS 111 will be able to advise you on whether you need to go to A&E, see a doctor, or manage your issue at home. They can also prescribe you an emergency supply of regular medication, or help you find an emergency dentist.
See a Pharmacist
Pharmacists are experts in medicine, and they can help with minor health concerns. They can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for minor issues such as colds, sore throats, tummy ache and pain. Some pharmacies also offer blood pressure checks, so you can check your local pharmacy to see if they offer this service. And if necessary, they can often see you in a private consultation room. Pharmacists will make sure you get any further help you may need.
Register for your online GP services
Anyone who is registered with a GP can access some health services online, such as ordering repeat prescriptions.
Non-Emergency – email or call the Blood Pressure UK helpline
If you have a no-emergency blood pressure question, you can contact our hypertension nurse either via email at email@example.com or by calling 020 7882 6218.