Alternatives for non-emergency cases
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To make the most of NHS services, choose the option that is right for your needs.
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
For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.
If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.
For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.
The NHS Choices website has a range of health-related information about local health services, such as your nearest GP, dentist or pharmacy.
Pharmacists can choose the right medicine for you and give advice on health problems. They can help you decide if you need to see a doctor.
Visit your GP
Your GP offers medical advice and treatment, prescriptions and referral to a specialist or hospital where necessary.
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Out of Hours service
Out of Hours Service: 0845 345 8995
For urgent health problems when GP surgeries are closed:
- 6.30pm - 8.30am Monday to Friday
- 24 hours over weekends and bank holidays.
For routine appointments or repeat prescriptions please contact your surgery during normal opening hours.
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Minor Injury Units / First Aid Units
Minor Injury Units (MIUs) are nurse-led services which treat minor injuries such as strains, sprains and broken bones. Specialist advice available from local emergency departments and specialist teams when needed.
There is no need to make an appointment at an MIU.
What are minor injuries?
- Minor bumps to the head
- Sprains, broken bones, fractures and dislocated fingers
- Minor burns, cuts and bruises
- Nose bleeds
- Bites and stings
- Simple ear, nose and eye complaints such as removal of splinters
After initial treatment some people may be referred to specialist services or to a GP.
Witney Minor Injury Unit (MIU)
Witney OX28 6JJ
Tel (main reception): 01865 904222
10.00am - 10.30pm seven days a week.
X-rays available: 10.30am - 1.30pm and 2.30pm - 6.30pm, seven days a week (excluding bank holidays): these times may vary - please call to confirm.
Abingdon Minor Injury Unit (MIU)
Abingdon OX14 1AG
Tel: 01865 903476
10.00am - 10.30pm, seven days a week.
10.00am - 6.30pm Monday to Saturday
11.00am - 5.00pm Sunday
Wallingford First Aid Unit
Tel: 01865 425200
8.30am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday
No X-ray service
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Bicester Community Hospital First Aid Unit
Bicester OX26 6HT
Tel: 01865 903880
6.00pm - 11.00pm Monday to Friday
8.30am - 11.00pm weekends and Bank Holidays
Chipping Norton War Memorial Community Hospital First Aid Unit (MIU)
Chipping Norton War Memorial Community Hospital
Russell Way, off London Road
Chipping Norton OX7 5FA
Tel: 01608 648233
5.00pm - 9.00pm Monday to Friday
10.00am - 9.00pm weekends and Bank Holidays
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