Use the right services this winter

Get Well Essex bgDo you know what to do if you become unwell and your GP surgery is closed? Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in south Essex are urging people to choose the right service should they become unwell ‘out of hours’ this winter. 

If you are not sure how to deal with your injury or concern you can call NHS 111 for help and advice. NHS 111 is free to call and gives you access to healthcare for any health problem that is not life-threatening. You can ring the 111 number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


You can also visit to help you find the most appropriate service. You can simply enter your postcode and then choose from a list of symptoms to find the right local service for you.

People often feel unwell with various symptoms and do not know the best place to get help. ‘’ has been developed with input from local clinicians to direct people to the most appropriate local NHS service. The website is part of a recently launched Essex-wide campaign to raise awareness of different NHS services available.

If you need medical help quickly, but it’s not an emergency, you can also visit your local walk in centre or minor injury unit. Visit and type in your postcode to find details of these.

Dr Nehal Ahmad, Clinical Director Unplanned Care for NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG said:

“We are keen to ensure that people are aware of the different NHS services available to them if they become unwell and we want to help them to make the appropriate choice about where to go. That’s why we, together with other CCGs in Essex have recently launched the website, which alongside NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So if you need medical help fast, but it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111 or visit” 

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