NHS 111 is a new service that is being introduced to make it easier for people to access local NHS healthcare services. NHS 111 is taking over from NHS Direct. The following is copied from their leaflet:
Call 111 if you need medical help fast but it is not life threatening - for example if you:
Think you need to go to hospital
Don't know who to call for medical help
Don't have a GP to call
Need medical advice or reassurance about what to do next.
For health needs that are not urgent you should call your GP. If a health professional has given you a number to
call for a particular condition, you should continue to use that number.
Calls to NHS111 are free from landlines and can be accessed 24/7. If necessary people can tell the adviser what language they wish to speak and they will get an interpreter. This service is expected to go live in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly at some time in the future.
If you would like further information on NHS111, please click on this link:
If you would like more information on NHS Direct, please click this link.
A Summary Care Record is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.
Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.
More information can be found on the link below.
Download the Summary Care Record patient leaflet (PDF, 232Kb)
If you wish to opt out of having a Summary Care Record, here is the link for the form.