We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just call your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
Your local pharmacies are:
- Shevington Community Pharmacy Tel: 01257 252753
- Manor Pharmacy Tel: 01257 254142
- Richardsons Pharmacy Tel: 01257253913
- Appley Bridge Pharmacy Tel: 01257 252555
NHS Walk-in Centres
You can see an experienced nurse for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses, seven days a week.
Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre, Leigh Health Centre, Leigh Tel: 01942 483453
Open 7:00am – 9:00pm 7 days a week.
Skelmersdale NHS Walk-in Centre, The Concourse, Skelmersdale, Tel: 01695 554260.
Open 7:00am – 9:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
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:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.