Emergency Departments (A&E) and the 999 ambulance service should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.
If you are unsure where to go or need help or reassurance on what to do next you should call NHS 111 (available 24/7, free of charge).
Calling NHS 111 does not delay getting emergency help or an ambulance being sent, if necessary.
Only go to the Emergency Department or call 999 for conditions like:
· acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
When patients go to an Emergency Department with a minor illness or injury it takes vital time away from doctors and nurses who need to care for patients that really need emergency and life-saving treatment. Please consider your options and use the right service for your symptoms.
For emergencies, your nearest your nearest Emergency Department is at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and it is open 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
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:
· outside normal GP surgery hours
If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.
NHS 111 is available 24/7 free-of-charge from landlines and mobiles. If you need an interpreter – just ask.
The service is staffed by trained advisors, supported by experienced clinicians. You will be asked some questions to assess your symptoms, then directed straightaway to a local service that can help you best. If you need an interpreter – just ask.
For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.
Pharmacists are healthcare experts with 5 years specialist training who can offer assessment and expert advice on a range of common health problems.
Many everyday illnesses and injuries such as coughs, colds, minor burns, stings, diarrhoea and sickness bugs can be best and most quickly treated at home using over the counter medicines that are available from pharmacies and many supermarkets. Helpful tips are available on the NHS Choices website at: www.nhs.uk
Pharmacies also offer:
· disposal of unwanted or out-of-date medicines
There are lots of pharmacies available across West Norfolk with many open into the evening. To find a local pharmacy click here.
No appointment necessary - just walk in!
What to know and when to go
Pharmacies in West Norfolk and Fenland
Boots the Chemist, Unit A3 Hardwick Retail Park, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4NA
Alan Stockley & Co Ltd, 37-29 Lynn Road, Snettisham, Norfolk, PE31 7LR
Boots the Chemist, 19 High Street, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5AB
Boots the Chemist, 94-96 High Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1BL
Boots the Chemist, 44 Station Road, Heacham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 7EY
Boots the Chemist, 37 Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7LA
Boots the Chemist, 11 – 13 Wales Court, Downham Market, Norfolk
Boots the Chemist, Southgates Medical Centre, 41 Goodwins Road, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 5QX
Boots the Chemist, 1 Jubilee Court, Hunstanton Road, Dersingham, Kings Lynn PE31 6HH
Clock Pharmacy, 1 Gayton Road, Gaywood, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4EA
Co-Op Pharmacy, 6 Centre Point, Fairstead, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE40 4SR
Co-op Pharmacy, Gayton Road Health Centre, Gayton Road, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4DY
Co-op Pharmacy, 38 Market Place, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7QH
Co-op Pharmacy, 38 Loke Road, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 2AB
Halls the Chemist, 85 Saddlebow, South Lynn, Kings Lynn, PE30 5BH
Jai Chemist, 65 High Street, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1AY
Key Chemists, 44 Sutton Road, Terrington St Clement, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE34 3PQ
Lincoln Cooperative, 8 Valentine Road, Hunstanton, Norfolk, PE36 5DN
Lloyds Pharmacy, 1 Priory Court, 43 Augustines Way, South Wootton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE30 3TE
S&S Chemists Ltd, Market Place, Burnham Market, Norfolk, PE31 8HD
Sainsburys Pharmacy, Scania Way, Hardwick Industrial Estate, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 4LR
The Pharmacy At Rainbow, Langley Road, South Wootton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 3UG
Willow Pharmacy, 2 Old Church Road, Terrington St John, Norfolk, PE14 7XA
Boots the Chemist, 17 Old Market, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1NB
Boots the Chemist, 15 Horse Fair, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1AR
North Brink Pharmacy, 7 North Brink, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1JU
Fairbrother Pharmacy, 5 Church Terrace, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1BJ
Pharmacy Manager, Asda Stores Ltd, 23 North End, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 1PE
The Cooperative Pharmacy, New Health Centre, 25 Augustines Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 3AD
Boots the Chemist, 8 De-havilland Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 3AN
Boots the Chemist, 98 Norfolk Street, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 2LD
Tesco Instore Pharmacy, Cromwell Road, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE14 0SF
Boots the Chemist, 6 Kirkgate Street, Walsoken, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 3QR
Day Lewis Pharmacy, 242 Main Road, Parson Drove, Wisbech, PE13 4LF
Welle Ltd, The Health Centre, Townley Close, Upwell, Wisbech, PE14 9BT