If you are an emergency patient, you will be seen as soon as possible. Urgent cases will be seen on the same day, but you may be required to wait. If the situation appears to be an emergency, call 999.
Outside of the Student Medical Centre opening hours please call the Talbot Medical Centre on 01202 636400.
Depending on the problem, you will be:
- Asked to attend the Emergency Surgery at the Talbot Medical Centre (open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.30pm)
- Given advice
- Visited at home.
The 24 hour GP
You can call 111 when you need medical help urgently, but it's not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.
NHS 111 can also be accessed online.
Some patients are not aware that they can get treatment from a GP 24 hours a day, often going to the emergency departments (ED) at hospitals during the 'out-of-hours' period instead. This not only causes pressure on the ED but can mean a lengthy wait for patients with non life-threatening illnesses or injuries whilst urgent cases are prioritised.
Dr Ros Maycock, a GP from Poole said: "Bank holidays are always a time of increased activity for the NHS. By using the GP services you could be treated faster than waiting to be seen in hospital as a non-emergency case. Many people who become unwell have a viral illness which they can be treat themselves at home. Pharmacies are an excellent source of information, advice and treatment if you become unwell and many are open late at night."