Choosing the right health service for you
It's important to access the right health service to ensure that your health needs are met. Use the information below to help you choose.
- Make an appointment with your GP if you feel unwell and it's not an emergency
- Ask your local pharmacist for advice about common minor illnesses such as diarrhoea, minor infections, headaches, sore throats, or for travel advice
- Call 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life threatening situation, if you're unsure about which NHS service you need, or if you can't wait until your GP surgery is open
- Call 999 or visit A&E only for life-threatening illnesses and injuries
Local and national health services
- Public Health England protect and improve the nation's health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.
- North of England Commissioning Support Unit (NECS) supports local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and others in carrying out commissioning functions which achieve great healthcare commissioning outcomes and efficiencies
- NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of members from 46 GP Practices working together to commission (buy) services for around 280,000 local people in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
- Healthwatch Middlesbrough make sure your views on local health and social care services are heard.
- Middlesbrough Council's Public Health department leads on health improvement, health protection and improving health care quality.
- South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley with two acute hospitals and services in a number of community hospitals.
- Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of mental health, learning disability and eating disorders services around the Tees Valley, County Durham, and North Yorkshire.