What is NHS 111?
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
When to use 111
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
If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.
For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.
How does it work?
The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the local service that can help you best. That could be A&E, an out-of-hours doctor, an urgent care centre or a walk-in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist.
Where possible, the NHS 111 team will book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak to.
If NHS 111 advisers think you need an ambulance, they will immediately arrange for one to be sent to you.
Calls to 111 are recorded. All calls and the records created are maintained securely, and will only be shared with others directly involved with your care.
For more information visit the NHS 111 website at: www.nhs.uk/111
NHS 111 offers a video relay service that allows you to make a video call to a British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter. The BSL interpreter will call an NHS 111 adviser on your behalf and you’re then able to have a real-time conversation with the NHS 111 adviser, via the interpreter.
For more information about NHS 111 please visit the NHS Choices website here
NHS 111 patient leaflets
NHS 111 leaflet - English (PDF, 289kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Arabic (PDF, 214kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Bengali (PDF, 240kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Czech (PDF, 142kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Chinese (PDF, 247kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Farsi (PDF, 250kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - French (PDF, 179kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Hindi (PDF, 194kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Latvian (PDF, 157kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Lithuanian (PDF, 154kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Polish (PDF, 178kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Portuguese (PDF, 180kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Punjabi (PDF, 188kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Russian (PDF, 140kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Slovak (PDF, 189kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Somali (PDF, 174kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Spanish (PDF, 226kb)
NHS 111 leaflet - Urdu (PDF, 505kb)