Call 111 for help when it's not quite an emergency
Sometimes you might need to call for help when it's not a life threatening emergency.
By calling 111 callers get clinical advice on their condition or illness.
You will be a series of questions to determine the best cause of action for you. Please click here to read more about the questioning process
If the reason for the call turns out to be sufficiently serious, an ambulance will be despatched immediately - just as if you had dialled 999.
111 is staffed by a team of fully-trained advisers supported by experienced nurses, who will assess your symptoms and then put you directly in touch with the people who can help.
Whether you need an out of hours doctor, a district nurse, a 24 hour chemist or an emergency dentist, the 111 team will make sure you get the right help first time.
The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year . Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free - just like 999.
Contacting 111 if you have a speech or hearing impairment
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired you can contact us using the RNID's text relay services.
If you suffer from a chronic health condition prepare a text template and store it in your phone to use when you need it.
Information on NHS 111 is also available in non-English languages
When to use it?
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.
You should call 111 if:
For less urgent health needs you should still contact your GP in the usual way.
For immediate, life threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.