If you have an illness or injury, you may need medical help and advice. This information tells you about the health services choices available.
Having a few basic items in your bathroom medicine cabinet can save you time and effort if you become ill - things like paracetamol, a bandage, sticking plasters, antiseptic cream or indigestion tablets. If troublesome symptoms persist or worsen, see your doctor.
Visit your local pharmacist
Phone NHS 111
Phone 111 when you need medical advice or information quickly and it's not a '999 life threatening emergency'. Calls are free from mobiles and landlines to this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week service.
You should also phone 111 if you become ill after your GP surgery has closed and need urgent advice or medical help.You will be assessed, given advice and directed straight away to the local service that will help you best.
Visit your doctor
If you have a health problem that is not going away, make an appointment to see your doctor.There are 75 GP surgeries across the county, providing a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.
If you become ill after your doctor's surgery has closed, phone your surgery number and listen to the recorded message or phone 111 for advice.
Remember to re-order any prescriptions you need in plenty of time.
Yeovil Health Centre's walk in service
Yeovil Health Centre's walk in service is a weekend urgent care service at Yeovil Hospital.
Book all non-urgent and routine appointments with your registered GP practice.
If you need healthcare advice outside GP hours, you should call NHS 111, who will advise you about the recommended action to take and book appointments at the urgent care service if appropriate.
Community Hospital Minor Injury Unit
There are Minor Injury Units at community hospitals in Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Frome, Glastonbury, Minehead and Shepton Mallet.
If your injury is not serious you can get help from a minor injuries unit (MIU) rather than a busy hospital Accident and Emergency (A&E) department. By doing this you allow A&E staff to concentrate on people with serious and life-threatening conditions and save yourself the possibility of a long wait.
To find out where your local MIU is and its opening hours, phone 111 or go to the Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website
Accident and Emergency (A&E)
Only use hospital A&E or the 999 ambulance service for life threatening and emergency conditions. If a family member is experiencing chest pain or has become unconscious, phone 999 immediately.
For more information about how to protect yourself and your family, visit the NHS Choices website
If anyone believes themselves, or a friend or relative, is experiencing a life threatening medical emergency, they should always phone 999 and ask for an ambulance.
You can find health services near you by searching the NHS Choices 'Find services' directory.
There are many ways you can get involved.
Contact Health services using NHS Choices
NHS Choices comments policy
Join the Patient Participation Group at your GP practice. You can work with other patients to raise issues and concerns, and help improve services in your local practice.
You can feed back your experience of using health services and your comments and suggestions by becoming a member of Healthwatch Somerset, the statutory 'consumer organisation' for users of health and social care services, which uses public feedback to scrutinise and seek improvements in services.
Or you can take part in one of the nine health forums across the county, where you can find out more about how to get involved, receive updates on developments in health services, and work together with other patients, carers, voluntary organisations and GP practices to raise issues and ask questions.
You can also link up with local voluntary and community organisations, who can offer support, information and advice.