Alternatives to A&E this winter

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Winter brings more coughs, colds, flu and tummy bugs and those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s are particularly vulnerable to illness when the lower temperatures kick in.

If you do feel unwell, seek immediate advice and help from a pharmacist, before your symptoms get more serious.

And if you do need medical assistance, your pharmacist or GP can advise you about ailments such as having a minor injury or cold and flu-like symptoms. All GPs will offer an emergency out-of-hours service and NHS walk-in centres or a Minor Injuries Unit can treat people who have minor medical problems. Urgent cases such as loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, severe bleeding, trouble breathing or a suspected broken bone should be reserved for A&E.

Local walk-in and urgent care centres include:

Greet Urgent Care Centre

50 Percy Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 3ND

Open 8am-8pm every day.  Tel: 0345 111 1310

Birmingham NHS walk-in centre

Lower ground floor, Boots, 66 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7TA

Open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-4pm. Tel: 0121 255 4500

South Birmingham GP walk-in centre

15 Katie Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6JG

Open 8am-8pm every day. Tel: 0121 415 2095

Erdington Health and Wellbeing Centre

196 High Street, Erdington, B23 6SJ

Open 8am-8pm every day.  Tel: 0121 686 8010

Summerfield GP and Urgent Care Centre

134 Heath Street, Winston Green, Birmingham, B18 7AL

Open 8am-8pm. Tel: 0345 245 0769

Solihull urgent primary care service

Solihull Hospital (next to the Minor Injuries Unit), Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2AE

Washwood Heath Urgent Care Centre

Clodeshall Road, Saltley, Birmingham, B8 3SW

Open 9am-9pm every day.  Tel: 0121 322 4310

Walsall walk-in health centre

19-21 Digbeth market square, Walsall, WS1 1QZ

Open 7am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday and bank holidays, closed Sundays. Tel: 01922 605 730

Burntwood health and wellbeing centre

High street, Chasetown, Burntwood, WS7 3XH

Open 8am-8pm. Tel: 01543 687 440

Sir Robert Peel Minor Injuries Unit

Plantation Lane, Mile Oak, Tamworth, B78 3NG

Tel: 01827 263 800

Samuel Johnson Minor Injuries Unit

Trent Valley Road, Lichfield, WS13 6EF

Tel: 01543 412 900

Warren Farm Urgent Care Centre

Warren Farm Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, B44 0PU

Open 8.30am-7.30pm every day except Christmas day

Tel: 0121 465 5613

Did you know – even if you are out of town you can join any GP practice as a temporary patient. The NHS choices website has a handy search facility to see which practices cover your local area.

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