On dialling 111 a team of fully trained advisers and experienced nurses will assess your condition and direct you to the local service that can help you best, when you need it. That could be your GP surgery, an out of hours GP, A&E, a local urgent care centre, emergency dentist or a late opening pharmacist.
If it is an emergency, an ambulance will be despatched immediately without the need for any further assessment, just as quickly as if you had dialled 999.
For less urgent health needs, residents should still contact their GP or local pharmacist.
There are now only three numbers to know; 999 for life-threatening emergencies, your GP surgery and 111. NHS 111 replaces NHS Direct as the single number to call for urgent care advice and help.
Calls to 111 are free, including from mobiles.
For more information visit www.nhs.uk/111.
Compliments and complaints
Anyone wishing to make a compliment or complaint about the NHS 111 service should call the following number: 01268 464586