NHS 111 service to take calls out-of-hours across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire from 17 July 2018
From Tuesday 17 July 2018, patients across Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire who need urgent out-of-hours medical help or advice will need to call 111.
The NHS 111 service will replace the current out-of-hours GP telephone access service provided by Shropdoc in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin in line with national policy to provide a consistent, integrated approach to urgent care; but any patients that need to see a clinician out-of-hours will still be seen by a local GP or other appropriate clinician.
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 generalist and specialist nurses, or even a GP or pharmacist, and can arrange face-to-face appointments should you need one. It is free and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
There is also a new ‘ASK NHS’ app that has been designed that provides improved access to NHS 111 and other local NHS services. Advice is delivered by the virtual clinician ‘Olivia’ and she takes you through the steps of the symptom checker which can result in the booking of a GP appointment, access to NHS choices, a call back from a clinical expert or access to self-care.
You can download the ‘Ask NHS’ app via Google Play (for Android phones) or Apple App Store (for iPhones). If you need more guidance on how to download the app please click here.
Information for Patients Calling NHS111
When you get through to NHS111 it will be different from how your call used to be dealt with by Shropdoc. To help you make a call, here is a brief explanation of what happens when you dial NHS111.
Who will I be speaking to?
Your call will be answered by a highly trained advisor.
What will they do?
They will take you through a set of questions to help you get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
What are these questions about?
- The questions follow a set pattern and your advisor will work through these with you.
- You might be asked questions that are not about the health issue you have called – but don’t worry. These questions have been designed to find if you could possibly have any other health issues that you might not be aware of. Some conditions also have a wide range of symptoms, whilst others may have a number of related and similar illnesses.
How long can this take?
It does depend on what you are calling about, but the questions help to build up a fuller picture of the illness or injury you are calling about. This could take up to 15 minutes, but please be patient and answer as many of the questions as you can.
What if my call is an emergency and I haven’t got time for all these questions?
The advisor can immediately send an emergency ambulance.
When I’ve answered the questions what happens next?
There are a number of actions the advisor may take:
- If your condition is life-threatening they can immediately send an emergency ambulance
- Pass you to a clinician, such as a GP, nurse, paramedic, dental nurse or mental health nurse, for a more detailed assessment and specific advice
- Book a non-emergency ambulance
- Provide information on self care, which is advice on what you can do to treat and help common medical conditions and complaints
- Advise you where to get medical help
- Refer you into the Out of Hours GP service for urgent telephone advice or a face-to-face appointment
Is there someone like a doctor or nurse I can actually talk to?
NHS 111 has a team called the Clinical Assessment Service, known as CAS, and this includes GPs, advanced nurse practitioners, specialist mental health and dental nurses, pharmacists, and paramedics who you will be able to speak to if you need to and they may call you back.