Bury’s gotthe right carefor you.
All you need to know about choosing the righthealth and social care services in Bury.All in one place.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
To keep everyone protected and safe, there have been some changes to the way Bury’s healthcare services are operating at the moment.
If you are showing any symptoms such as a continuous cough and/or high temperature, stay at home, and if you need medical advice while self-isolating you can use NHS 111 online coronavirus service – to protect yourself and others, do not go to your local GP, pharmacy or hospital if you are showing symptoms.
For the latest advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The right service for you
From local pharmacies, GPs or walk-in centres, we’ve got a range of health care services where and when you need them. But first, it’s important to know which service is right for you. We can help you make the right choice. Not only will this help you get the healthcare you need, but it will also help save the NHS money too. This means better services for Bury people in the long-run.
A lot of minor illnesses and injuries can be treated at home with a little TLC. Headaches require pain relief and relaxation. Small cuts need cleaning and plasters. Vomiting and diarrhoea mean fluids and rest. Stock your medicine cabinet with paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, plasters and anti-diarrhoea medicines, so they’re to-hand when needed.
Don’t hang around
Coughs, colds, aches and pains. Your local pharmacist can help with that. Often open late as well as weekends, they’ll offer professional healthcare advice, over-the-counter medicines and even private consultations, so there’s no need to wait for a GP appointment.
Evening & weekend GP Appointments
That works for me!
All GP practices in Bury are open from 8am until 6.30pm on normal working days.
When your symptoms are more urgent, the GP might be the best choice – but that doesn’t mean you’re confined to a daytime appointment. Ring your own GP and they’ll help you get the care you need at one of our three locations open outside normal surgery hours (Monday to Friday from 6.30pm until 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 6pm. This includes Bank Holidays, with the exception of Christmas Day).
Bury has out-of-hours GP care available after 8pm and before 8am. Call 111 or your own GP practice for instructions of what to do.
Urgent but not life-threatening? That’s what walk-in centres are for. When it comes to aches and pains, our walk-in centres can provide on-the-spot relief. They’ll be able to diagnose and treat your needs then and there.
If in doubt, talk it out
When you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, NHS 111 are here for you 24/7. Make it your first step—call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk and expert advisors will point you in the right direction from there.
Remember, if it’s not serious or life-threatening, you don’t need A&E.
A&E should only be used for serious and life-threatening issues. These include loss of consciousness, confused states and fits, severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding and broken arms and legs.
Find the right service
Ready to find the right service for you? With a simple postcode search get locations, opening hours and contact details for all your health and care needs in Bury.
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If you have a cold or flu, your doctor can’t help much. The truth is, there is no magic cure for these illnesses. The body will fight them off with some good rest. Stay hydrated, keep warm and take paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease suffering. You’ll be back to best in no time.
Pharmacists are medical experts with 5-years’ training. So when you need a quick bit of advice for minor illnesses – like coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains – just ask (they love to help!) And, if you do really need to see a GP, they’ll let you know.
Evening and weekend GP appointments are available in Bury, and there are plenty of them. Though you may not be able to get one at your own surgery, they can help you arrange an appointment at one of three centres across Bury. Give your own doctor a call to find out more.
Walk-in centres provide one of the quickest and most convenient forms of healthcare in Bury. They’re led by a GP and fully-equipped to diagnose and treat common ailments on the spot. So no need to waste time and resources at A&E.
The experts at 111 are on-hand to answer any healthcare question, any time. Whether you just need some friendly reassurance, self-care advice, or help to find and book the right service for you, just give them a call.
Before visiting A&E, think twice. Can your illness or injury be treated with another service? Not only will you save time, but you will really help someone who really needs emergency care.