Consider your options:
1. Self-Care (care for yourself at home) − minor cuts and grazes − minor bruises − minor sprains − coughs and colds
2. Pharmacy (local expert advice) − minor illnesses − headaches − stomach upsets − bites and stings
3. NHS 111 (non-emergency help) − feeling unwell – unsure – anxious – need help…
4. GP Advice (Out of Hours Call 111) − persistent symptoms − chronic pain − long term conditions − new prescriptions
5. Urgent Treatment Centres (urgent, but not life-threatening illness or injury) − breaks and sprains − x-rays − cuts and grazes − fever and rashes.
Urgent Treatment Centres
We also have three excellent Urgent Treatment Centres available across Widnes, Runcorn and St Helens. Urgent Treatment Centres are GP-led and are equipped to diagnose and deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for.
Widnes Urgent Treatment Centre
Oaks Place, Caldwell Road, Widnes, WA8 7GD
Open 8:00am – 9:00pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Runcorn Urgent Treatment Centre
The Nightingale Building, Hospital Way, Palacefields, Runcorn, WA7 2DA
Open 8:00am – 9:0pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
Residents of Warrington can catch a free shuttle bus from Warrington Hospital to Halton Hospital to access the on-site Urgent Treatment Centre.
St Helens Urgent Treatment Centre
The Millennium Centre, Corporate Street, St Helens, WA10 1HJ
Open 7:00am – 10:00pm Monday – Saturday and 9:00pm – 10:00pm Sunday and Bank Holidays
Urgent Treatment Centres have an x-ray department, and you can be seen here for a wide range of issues that require urgent treatment, but are not life-threatening, such as:
Minor cuts or wounds
Bites, stings, rashes and allergic reactions
Minor burns and scalds
Sprains, strains and joint pains
Ear or eye injuries and infections
You do not need to make an appointment, just turn up and you will be seen, often with a much shorter waiting time than visiting the A&E Hospital Department.
If you need urgent medical advice and are not sure which is the best place for you, then please visit http://111.nhs.uk or call 111 free.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you’re deaf and want to use the phone service, you can use the NHS 111 British Sign Language Service or you can call 18001 111 on a textphone.
You will answer questions about your symptoms on the website, or by speaking with a fully trained advisor on the phone. Depending on the situation, you will:
Find out what local service can help you
Be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist, pharmacist or GP
Get a face-to-face appointment if you need one
Be given an arrival time if you need to go to A&E (this might mean you spend less time in A&E)
Be told how to get any medicine you need
Get self-care advice
Find out more about NHS 111
Understand how NHS 111 works
How NHS 111 Online works
GP Out of Hours Service
The Out of Hours Service is available 6:30pm – 8:00am on weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and Bank Holidays. Patients can access the service by contacting NHS 111.
All patients received to the service will be triaged by a GP over the phone. A clinical decision will then be made about the medical care each patient requires. This consultation may result in a face-to-face consultation or a home visit from one of the service’s GPs.