If you need an ambulance for an emergency ring 999, but remember that the service is for emergencies only.
If you are in any doubt, call NHS111 who will advise you and call an ambulance if it is needed.
NHS 111 service
Patients can call NHS 111 at any time for urgent medical advice, and in the evenings, weekends and overnight, phoning NHS 111 is still the route to advice and GP access. The service assesses the best course of action for the patient, with the options ranging from a phone consultation with a doctor or nurse, a face to face consultation with a GP, a home visit or a trip to A&E.
People who are able to travel to a treatment centre will be offered a booked appointment at their nearest location. The service is designed to make sure that, as far as possible, no one is more than 30 minutes away from a treatment centre.
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for very limited purposes:
shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible
one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home
Important - These reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about staying at home if: