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It is important people get the right care, in the right place, at the right time

Choose the best place to get treatment when you fall ill, and help us keep A&E free for those that really need it. 

Choose Better portraitSelf careKeep a well stocked medicine cabinet for treatment of minor illnesses or ailments and get plenty of rest.
NHS Direct helpline: For absolutely any health questions, around the clock from a trained nurse and to find local NHS services. Tel 111.
Pharmacist:  For expert advice and treatment for a wide range of minor illnesses and ailments and the best medicines to treat them. To find your nearest pharmacy text the word pharmacy to 64746 to receive free texts with the name, address and telephone number of three nearest chemists.
GPs: For expert medical advice, medical examinations and prescriptions for illnesses. Your GP can also refer you to a specialist for further treatment if necessary. To access out of hours GP services call your usual GP surgery number or call 0845 2000227. If you are not registered with a GP, click here to find your nearest one.
Walk-in CentreFor treatment of cuts, bruises, minor infections, stomach upsets, strains and skin complaints without an appointment - Cardrew Industrial Estate, Redruth, TR15 1SS. Open 8am to 8pm 365 days a year. Tel 01209 340997.
West Cornwall Hospital Urgent Care Centre: Casualty service at West Cornwall Hospital is open 24-hours every day. The service can treat minor and moderate injuries such as burns and scalds, fractures to legs, arms, ankles and wrists and lacerations that require stitching. It can carry out X-rays 24-hours-a-day and initiate treatment for more serious injuries. Tel 01736 874113.

Minor Injury Unit: For treatment of a wide range of minor ailments and minor injuries from cuts and grazes to sprains and strains and broken bones without an appointment. Click here for a list of Minor Injury Units in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Accident and Emergency (A&E) or 999: For a critical or life-threatening situation. Local A&E departments are located at:

Truro: Royal Cornwall Hospital 01872 250 000
Plymouth: Derriford Hospital 01752 202 082
Barnstaple: North Devon District Hospital 01271 322 577 

Emergency dental care

If you are not registered with a dentist and have a dental emergency, call the NHS dental helpline on 01872 354375 and an answerphone message will provide you with information on how to obtain emergency dental treatment. Alternatively, you can contact NHS 111.

If you need emergency dental care and are registered, please contact your dental surgery and an answerphone message will give you clear instructions on where emergency treatment is available. 

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