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Dealing with an emergency

Call 999 in an emergency 

A medical emergency is a situation in which the health of a person is at high risk of deteriorating rapidly without immediate medical attention.

For example, chest pains, increasing difficulty in breathing, impaired consciousness and any of the signs of a stroke (facial weakness, inability to lift a limb or slurred speech) constitute an emergency.

In a medical emergency you can access urgent paramedical help by calling 999 (or 911)



About NHS 111

NHS 111 is the NHS telephone number to call when you need medical help fast, but if it is a life threatening emergencyyou should call 999. NHS 111 replaces the NHS Direct 0845 46 47 service. 

Calling NHS 111 will get you through to a team of trained advisers, who are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms and give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to a local service that can help you best.

The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


 Choosing the right service for your symptoms

Read our guide to local services and health information: self care, pharmacies, our GP service, minor injuries unit, walk-in centre, A&E, other services and getting advice via the internet.  The guide contains links to other websites for further advice and information.

What to do if you are unwell

Children - When should you worry:

When should I worry


Quick links

Minor Injuries Unit - Bridport Community Hospital
Bridport Minor Injuries Unit

Local pharmacy - your local pharmacist is qualified to give you expert over-the-counter advice at a convenient location.

Need another service?

  • Take a look at our 'Self-help' page.  Common ailments that can be self managed and additional useful links.

  Choose the right NHS Service for your needs

Remember to use the right NHS service for your needs - 999 and A&E are for serious emergencies and life threatening conditions only.   Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency.

There are lots of NHS services to choose from and it can be hard to know which is the best for your problem. Many problems can be treated at home, but how do you know which?

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