There are a range of NHS services on your doorstep to help you stay well throughout the winter, and all year round.
Each service delivers a different type of care to people, depending on their illness or injury. By choosing the right service for you or your family, you will be treated more quickly and it will help other services treat the people who really need them.
Understanding the correct service to access for your needs is important as it will usually mean you will be seen quicker and by the right health care person, who is able to help. Watch our useful video ‘Play Your Care Right’ to find out how to access the right service for your health needs.
Why not have a go and Pay Your Care Right here: https://playyourcareright.com/
These web pages explain more about each type of NHS service and how it can help you.
A big part of your recovery from these minor ailments is to rest and drink plenty of fluids. You can plan ahead by stocking up on some healthcare essentials – paracetamol or aspirin, indigestion remedies and plasters for example. You can find all these at your local pharmacy. If you are ill and don't have these in your house, ask a friend, family member or carer to get them on your behalf.
Make an appointment to see your GP if: You have a persistent high temperature above 38C (100.4F), which does not go down after taking medication and your symptoms do not improve within a week
Help stop the spread of infection: If you have sickness and diarrhoea don’t go to your GP practice or hospital, instead drink plenty of fluids and call your GP practice if you are worried, especially if you have other health conditions.
Fact sheets: There are a number of ways to help maintain many symptoms through self-care to treat the likes of coughs, sprains & strains and Eczema. Please view the self-care forums fact sheets below.
More advice and information about self care is available on our Resources page.
One You Walsall: The One You Walsall website has a number of great apps to keep you active and make sure you live a healthy lifestyle. To find the apps, as well as other important information, click here.
Self-Care Student App
ESC Student is a new app developed to help improve student health and increase health literacy among young people. Check out the video below for more information on the app and the ways it can help you day to day.
In cold weather you can help yourself to stay well by keeping warm. Wear several layers, rather than one thick layer. Eating well is also important. Eat a mixed diet that includes fruit and vegetables and avoid getting dehydrated by taking plenty of fluids, including hot drinks on cold days. Eat at least one hot meal a day and have a hot drink before bed. Moving around generates extra body heat, so any kind of exercise or activity will help you to keep warm.
Don’t sit still for long periods and spread chores out through the day so you can alternate between rest and activity. Keep your home warm and if you can, keep the temperature at 21ºC in all the rooms you use during the day. If this is not possible, keep your living room warm during the day and heat your bedroom and bed before going to sleep. Keep your bedroom window closed at night. If you drink alcohol, do so sensibly and in moderation.
- Dispense medicine when you give your prescription
- Dispense repeat prescriptions without the need to visit your GP – speak to your GP or pharmacist to arrange this
- Give advice on treating minor ailments like coughs and colds
- Help you manage long-term conditions such as diabetes and asthma
- Give advice on medication, including if you're taking medicine for lots of different conditions
- Give advice on staying healthy, including eating healthily, stopping smoking and getting enough exercise
- Give sexual health and contraception advice
- Provide treatments for minor ailments like head lice and athlete's foot
Many pharmacies also offer:
- Flu vaccine for pregnant women, over 65s and those with an existing health problem
- Free emergency contraception including the morning after pill
- Allergy screening
- Chlamydia screening
- Medicine 'MOTs' – to help you use your treatments correctly
Pharmacies providing the Flu vaccination
A number of pharmacies in and around Walsall are currently providing the Flu vaccination. To find out which pharmacy near you is providing the vaccination click pdf here (274 KB) .
If you don’t pay for your prescriptions then you could receive free treatment for a range of minor ailments, such as a head ache, sore throat, eczema and indigestion. Find out more here.
Your local GP surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including advice on health problems, vaccinations, examinations and treatment, prescriptions for medicines, referrals to other health services and social services.
Many GP surgeries have longer opening hours now - including early morning and late evenings and offer emergency appointments for urgent cases. If you need urgent medical care when your surgery is closed (and it can’t wait until the morning) call your GP surgery and you will receive information on how to contact the out of hours GP service.
Make sure you’re registered with a GP surgery. Find your nearest GP surgery here.
If it’s an emergency, call 999 or go to your nearest A&E.
Find out the opening times for pharmacies near you during the Easter Bank holiday spreadsheet here (58 KB)
NHS 111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
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
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.
Visit NHS 111 BSL interpreter service for more details.
To read more on how to access NHS 111 click here.
The Walsall Dental Access Centre is available if you don’t have a regular dentist but need emergency dental treatment, or need emergency treatment at weekends and Bank Holidays, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The standard NHS emergency fee of £18.80 applies unless you are entitled to free NHS dental treatment. The Centre is located at:
Blakenall Village Centre
For urgent dental advice and appointments Monday to Friday, call 01922 443750 (8.45am - 4.30pm)
For urgent dental advice and appointments at weekends and bank holidays call 07976 246404 (8.30am - 12pm)
Find more information from a local dentist on key dental advice at https://thedentistwestmidlands.co.uk/
For more information on dental emergencies and out of hours care please call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk
In Walsall we have two Urgent Care centres offering fast, convenient and expert care for injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life threatening. This includes minor cuts, burns and bites; sprains and fractures; fevers, infections and rashes. There is no need for an appointment, you can just walk in.
The Urgent Care Centres are located at:
Walsall Manor Hospital
Off Moat Road
Find out more about our Urgent Care Centres here.
Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments and the 999 ambulance service should only be used if you have had an accident or if its a health emergency. You should go to A&E or call 999 for an ambulance to take you to A&E if someone is experiencing:
- loss of consciousness
- acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- persistent, severe chest pain
- breathing difficulties
- severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- severe allergic reactions
- severe burns or scalds
At A&E, the most seriously ill patients will be seen before those with less urgent conditions. This means some people have to wait for several hours for treatment, or they may be redirected, for example, to a GP or urgent care centre.
Less severe injuries can be treated at one of our urgent care centres.
See below for a list of nearby A&E departments:
Good Hope Hospital
New Cross Hospital
You can access confidential advice and information on a range of sexual health services at our three sexual health centres. This includes contraception, pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Call a centre to make an appointment.
Walsall Centre for Sexual Health Pleck Road, Walsall WS2 9ES
Telephone: 01922 633341
Hatherton Centre Hatherton Street, Walsall WS1 1YB
Telephone: 01922 605454
Willenhall Health Centre Field Street, Willenhall WV13 2NZ
Telephone: 01922 604824
For emergency contraception, condoms, chlamydia testing and regular contraception methods you can also visit one of our drop-in clinics:
Squeeze Box Student Union - Gorway Road Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall WS1 3BD. Open Tuesdays 11:30am - 2:00pm
Jhoot's Pharmacy - 43-45 Church Street, Darlaston WS10 8DU. Open Thursdays
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Walsall College - Wisemore Campus Littleton Street West Walsall WS2 8ES. Open
Mondays 8:30am - 1:30pm
Tuesdays 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Wednesdays 8:30am - 4:30pm
You can find more information about sexual health services in Walsall here.
You can find out more advice and answers to questions about sexual health here.
If you've been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life, make an appointment to speak to your GP.
There a wide range of mental health services you can access via your GP. You can find more advice and information about local mental health services here.
If you want to talk to someone about how you feel, what you’re experiencing or how to deal with someone else’s behaviour, there are several organisations that can help you.
You can also find lots more advice and information here.
Walsall Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC), Partners and Providers developed the Walsall Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing needs Assessment, Strategy and local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People with feedback and input from children and young people, families and carers.
These documents describe our achievements to date having commenced implementing the plan and strategy in January 2016. They confirm how we have utilised additional resources to accelerate the transformation of our local mental health and emotional wellbeing service offer over the next five years.
You can find the documents on our corporate publications page here.
You can access a range of self-help guides here.
WellMind is a free NHS mental health and wellbeing app designed to help you with stress, anxiety and depression. You can download it for free on iPhones, iPads and Android devices by searching 'WellMind' on the App Store or Google Play.