We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just call your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
Out of hours
24-hour care is available to all our patients. Please telephone 0161 972 9999 where a recorded message will advise you of the number to call for further assistance.
Another option for accessing medical assistance out of hours is to visit the local Minor Injuries Unit. Details are as follows:
Minor injuries unit
- Altrincham General Hospital has a ‘walk in’ MIU with minimal waiting times. It is open on weekdays between 8.00am and 8.00pm, weekends/bank holidays between 10.00am and 6.00pm. Tel: 934 8300.
- Trafford Health Walk-in Centre: This facility is based within Trafford General on Moorside Road, Urmston, M41 and open seven days a week between 8.00am and 8.00pm. (Tel: 747 4978)
- Wythenshawe Walk-in Centre: This can be found at Forum Health on Simonsway, Wythenshawe (M22) and is open Monday to Saturday between 8.00am and 6.00pm. (Tel: 437 3694)
- Manchester Royal Infirmary Walk-in Centre: Based at Oxford Road, M13 you can be treated and, if necessary, have access to a doctor. The facility is open seven days a week between 10.00am and 10.00pm. (Tel: 276 5193)
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
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
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.