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Out of Hours and Urgent Problems


Life Threatening Emergencies

In a life threatening emergency such as sudden severe chest pain, severe breathlessness, loss of power in a limb, loss of consciousness or severe bleeding dial 999.

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Urgent Problems

If you have an urgent medical problem you can:

Telephone the Surgery

Telephone your surgery during our surgery opening times.
If you telephone Abbey Meads Medical Practice for an urgent for today appointment, the Triage Nurse will contact you. The Triage Nurse will advise and if necessary make you an appointment with the most appropriate health care professional.

Contact NHS 111

Telephone NHS 111 or go online by visiting 111.nhs.uk.
Available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The online service is for people aged 5 years and over only.

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NHS 111

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do.

Get help online or on the telephone:

To get help from NHS 111, you can:

  • go to 111.nhs.uk (for people aged 5 years and over only)
  • call 111
  • NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In life threatening emergencies such as chest pain and severe shortness of breath you should call 999

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Severe Injuries

The surgery is equipped to treat minor injuries like small cuts and joint sprains. If the injury is more severe or may involve a broken bone then you should attend the Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the following hospitals:

The Great Western Hospital Accident and Emergency Department, telephone 01793 604020.

Also in the event of poisoning or overdose the attend A&E.

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Minor Injuries and Illnesses (Walk in Centres and Out of Hours)

Walk In Centre nurses will not only advise and offer treatment for minor illnesses and injuries but will offer advice on accessing a range of health and social services and provide venues for health promotion information and events.

The Clover Centre

Located at The Great Western Hospital, open 24 hours a day for nurse led advice and treatment of minor conditions.

Swindon Walk In Centre

Located in the Swindon Health Centre, 1 Islington Street, Swindon, SN1 2DQ. Open from 7am to 6pm Monday to Frlday and 7am to 5pm at weekends.

Swindon Out of Hours Centre

ls responslble for providlng urgent health care. The out of hours service should only be used if the condition of the patient is urgent and cannot wait until the next worklng day. To access the out of hours service please telephone 01793 646466.