Do I Need to See a Doctor...?
Demand for appointments is increasing. Making the most efficient use of time is important for everybody. The traditional face-to-face appointment with a doctor or nurse is not always required. Here are some alternative ways of dealing with certain queries:
Urgent health concerns
Calling 999 is appropriate in the following life-threatening situations:
- sudden onset chest pain with shortness of breath or general unwellness
- difficulty breathing
- severe loss of blood
- severe burns or scolds
- unconsciousness not obviously a brief faint
- severe allergic reaction
- suspected broken bone resulting in inablity to move
If symptoms are not life- threatening but you feel require advice or assessment the same day, consider calling 111 for advice or contact Fleet Medical Centre to arrange a telephone or surgery appointment with the duty nurse practitioner or doctor.