We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just call your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
Call 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
If you are feeling unwell remember Prestwich and Bury Walk-in Centre for advice and treatment for minor illnesses and injuries.
Prestwich and Bury Walk-in Centres are open every day of the week; you can just walk in with no appointment needed. It offers an alternative choice for anyone who can’t get a same day appointment at their own GP practice, when they are suffering from an ailment, illness or injury that needs assessing quickly, but isn’t serious enough to require a visit to A&E.
As a reminder, the Walk-in Centre on Fairfax Road Prestwich is open from 12pm to 8pm (last visit 7.30pm) and Bury Walk in Centre located in the Moorgate Primary Care Centre in Bury (opposite M&S) is open from 7am to 3pm (last visit 2.30pm) , every day of the year.
The Walk-in Centre team can provide advice and treatment for a wide range of minor illnesses and injuries including cuts and small wounds; coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms; rashes and sore throats; urinary tract infections and muscle and joint injuries including strains and sprains. The team includes nurses who can prescribe some medications if required, for example to treat an infection (not repeat prescriptions).
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.