In the UK, it is free to access any of the NHS services. Depending on your income or situation, you may also be eligible to receive free prescriptions. To find out whether you can receive free prescriptions, please visit the NHS Choices website pages on free prescriptions.
Your first port of call for any health concerns should be your GP. In some ways, the family doctor is like a social worker as they often deal with non-medical issues, such as housing, relationships or finances, which may be making you ill. He or she will have access to your medical records and what health issues you may have had in the past.
If you do not have a GP, it is important that you register with your local GP surgery. Go to the NHS Choices Find a GP Service page to find one near you.
If are feeling unwell or having some minor ailments, you may wish to ask your pharmacist for advice. Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare. They are experts in medicines and will use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge, to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by the public.
Community pharmacists prepare and dispense prescription and non-prescription medicines. They are also able to give you advice about how to use your medicines and highlight any possible side effects.
They offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking. They can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms, and you don't need to make an appointment. It is possible to walk into any community pharmacy and ask to speak with the pharmacist. They may be able to spend some time with you or offer you an appointment for a consultation. All the discussions with your pharmacist can take place in person or by phone.
This information was taken from the NHS Choices website. To read more about Pharmacy Services, please click here.
At some point, most people will need to get help because of an accident or a medical emergency. This is more likely if you have children or elderly relatives living with you. Planning ahead and understanding what your options are in an emergency will help you get the best care as quickly as possible.
Your options include:
This information was taken from the NHS Choices website. To read more about Your Choices in an Emergency, please click here.
NHS hospital services are run and managed by NHS trusts, which make sure that hospitals provide high-quality healthcare, and that money is spent efficiently. They also decide on strategies for hospital developments.
Apart from emergency care, hospital treatment is arranged through your GP, dentist and optician. Treatment at NHS hospitals is free. To find out more about what to expect from NHS Hospital Services and your stay in hospital, please click here.