It can be difficult to know which health service is the most appropriate service for your needs. Here is a breakdown of some of the services offered locally and which one you should access
111 - You can ring 111 who will advise you of the appropriate service to visit if you need medical attention
Self-Care - You can stay home if you aren’t acutely unwell and care for yourself by taking appropriate medication (e.g. paracetamol and decongestants, antiseptic cream for minor cuts) and staying in bed
Pharmacies - You can visit or ring your local pharmacy for advice
GP – you can make an appointment with your GP
A&E and Urgent Care Centres – you should only visit these services when you have a medical emergency
Urgent Care describes services which are designed to treat people with very serious or life-threatening conditions.
UCCs are for people with serious ailments, but which aren’t life-threatening such as:
A&E is the service for people with very serious or life-threatening conditions. You should only go to A&E if you have any of these symptoms:
If you need to see a GP at weekends, there are a number of practices that are open on Saturdays and Sundays. You don’t need to be registered with these practices and can just walk in when you need to.
Knightsbridge Medical Centre
71-75 Pavilion Road,
Earls Court Medical Centre
248 Earls Court Road,
Colville Health Centre
51 Kensington Park Road,
Earls Court Health and Wellbeing Centre
2 Hogarth Rd, Earl’s Court,
Half Penny Steps
427 – 429 Harrow Road,
111: If you don’t know which health service is the most appropriate for your needs, then you can ring 111 who will tell you where to go. Out-of-hours 111 can also book an appointment for you at an available GP practice.
Sometimes you don’t need to access a health service and can look after yourself at home.
You should ensure your medicine cupboard is well stocked with useful medication e.g. paracetamol, decongestants and antiseptic cream
Plenty of fluids and bed rest is often the best treatment for minor ailments such as coughs and colds
You can ring 111 or your GP or pharmacist for advice if you are worried about your health and they will let you know whether you require medical attention