Choose well

Choose well for expert help and advice

If you are normally healthy, there are a range of NHS services on your doorstep where you can go for fast and effective advice and treatment without an appointment.  A&E departments and 999 services are for those who are seriously ill or emergencies.

Read on to find out more about which service is most suitable for your illness or injury.

Self care

Self care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries.  A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.

Choosing well ensures you receive the rest and recovery you need, meaning busy NHS services can help those who need them most.

NHS 111

NHS 111 offers confidential health advice and information by telephone, 24 hours a day.

Contact NHS 111 to check your symptoms and find health services in your local area.

Choosing well ensures you get expert advice in the shortest possible time, meaning busy NHS services can help those who need them most.


Pharmacists can be found across Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and Garstang.  Visit your pharmacy when you are suffering from a common winter health problem that does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor.

Your pharmacist can provide advice for common winter illnesses and suggest the best medicines to treat them.  To find your local pharmacy visit and click on ‘Find and Choose Services’ or phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Choosing well ensures you get the treatment you need in the shortest possible time, reducing the pressure on essential NHS services.


GP surgeries can be found across Lancaster and Morecambe. If you have an illness or injury that just will not go away, make an appointment with your local GP.  They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.  When absolutely essential, GPs can also provide home visits out of hours.

If you do not have a GP, try and register with one before the holiday period.    To find GP surgeries near you visit and click on ‘Find and Choose Services’ or phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

Choosing well ensures that you get the treatment you need and reduces the demand on emergency services.

Walk in centres

Walk-in centres, minor injuries units and same day centres offer convenient access to a range of treatment for minor illnesses and injuries including infections, rashes, fractures and lacerations, emergency contraception and advice, stomach upsets, cuts, bruises, burns and strains.

Your local same day centre is situated at:

Morecambe Health Centre
Hanover Street

A&E 999

Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.  A&E departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured.  Dialling 999 and stating a medical emergency will result in a response vehicle being sent to your location.

Your local A&E department is situated at:

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Ashton Road

Think before going there! Choosing well ensures that essential treatment is given, in the shortest possible time.