In this section you will find information on:
- Out of Hours Pharmacies
- Out of Hours Dentists
- Doctor’s Surgeries & Health Centres
- Walk-In Health Centre (out of hours)
- When to dial 999 – responding to emergencies
- NHS 111 – when it’s less serious
- Baby Rashes – A Visual Guide
(links lead to external websites)
OUT OF HOURS PHARMACIES
Most Pharmacies close between 5.30pm and 6.30pm on weekdays. If you require a Pharmacy out of these hours, Boots offer a late-night opening in Eastbourne and Bexhill, as follows:
- call your dentist: some practices offer appointments at short notice
- if you don’t have a dentist, find one using NHS 111
- look up urgent care services that provide dental treatment
If you need to see a dentist out of hours:
- call your dentist: their answerphone may advise where to get out-of-hours treatment
- call NHS 111 to find an out-of-hours dental service near you
Don’t contact your GP, as they won’t be able to offer emergency or out-of-hours dental care.
If you’re in pain while waiting to see a dentist, take painkillers. NHS 111 can also offer other self care advice.
Phone: 01323 845669
WALK IN HEALTH CENTRE
Eastbourne Station Health Centre
Eastbourne Station, Terminus Road, Eastbourne BN21 3QJ
Phone: 01323 726650 (more info)
Walk In Service for non-registered patients without a referral.
However, as it is also a GP surgery, own patients with pre-made appointments will always have priority, therefore please be prepared for considerable waiting periods.
WHEN TO DIAL 999: RESPONDING TO EMERGENCIES
At some point, most people will either witness or be involved in an accident or experience a medical emergency. Knowing what to do next and who to call can potentially save lives.
Call 999 in a medical emergency – when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. Medical emergencies can include:
- loss of consciousness
- an acute confused state
- fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds
Call 999 immediately if you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke. Every second counts with these conditions. Also call 999 if you think someone has had a major trauma. Major trauma is often the result of a serious road traffic accident, a stabbing, a shooting, a fall from height, or a serious head injury. Find out more about major trauma services.
NHS 111 – WHEN IT’S LESS SERIOUS
NHS 111 is much more than a helpline – if you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, you can call 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.Depending on the situation, the NHS 111 team can connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or even a GP, and can arrange face-to-face appointments if they think you need one. NHS 111 advisers can also assess if you need if an ambulance and send one immediately if necessary.
When should I call NHS 111?
If you’re worried about an urgent medical concern, call 111 and speak to a fully trained adviser. For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist.
How does NHS 11 work?
The NHS 111 service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of fully trained advisers. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms and, depending on the situation, will then:
- give you self-care advice
- connect you to a nurse, emergency dentist or GP
- book you a face-to-face appointment
- send an ambulance directly, if necessary
- direct you to the local service that can help you best with your concern
USEFUL DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION:
For more information about NHS 111, for instance, to get in contact if you are deaf or need the information translated, see their main site:
Below are 10 of the most common minor ailments seen by GPs. Find out the most effective ways to treat things like heartburn and a blocked nose at home, and save yourself a trip to the GP surgery.
Remember: you can also get advice from your local pharmacist for lots of health issues, including when to visit your GP. And there’s no need for an appointment.
- Back pain
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
- Sprains and strains
BABY RASHES: A VISUAL GUIDE
It’s normal for babies to develop skin rashes, but it’s important to know the difference between a minor irritation and a condition that requires attention. Use this visual guide to familiarise yourself with everything from nappy rash and eczema to impetigo and meningitis.
Baby Rashes – A Visual Guide
Disclaimer: All information correct at the time of publishing. No responsibility can be taken for errors, omissions or changes in information. It is recommended you check with the health care provider at the time of requiring before setting off to prevent wasting your time.