On Staycation? NHS Away From Home
When enjoying your staycation and holiday in the Swale area and require NHS services please choose the right NHS service to ensure you get the right care when you need it.
When you think you need A&E, think NHS 111 first
If you need urgent care, we can book you into a local A&E. If an alternative local service is more appropriate, we can help you to access it.
NHS 111 clinicians, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and paramedics, can also assess patients and provide advice over the phone without you having to visit a physical service.
Contacting NHS 111 first will help us ensure you receive the right care in the right place, at the right time.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency, you should still attend A&E or call 999.
Always contact your usual GP practice
If you’re away from home and need help from a GP practice, please call the practice you usually go to, rather than trying to contact a practice where you’re staying.
Your own practice has all your medical records to hand and can help you by phone, video or online consultation.
If you need prescription medication, your GP practice can arrange for it to be collected at a pharmacy close to where you’re staying.
Local pharmacists can help with minor health concerns
If you need healthcare advice, pop into a local pharmacy. They offer a more convenient, quicker way to get clinical advice on minor health concerns.
Local pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can:
• help you manage minor illnesses like tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more
• offer confidential discussions in a consultation room with no need for an appointment
• refer you to a GP or A&E if your symptoms suggest it’s something more serious.
To find a local pharmacy visit nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy
When you’re away from home, getting the right care starts with choosing the right service