For illnesses or injuries that are not life-threatening
you should first contact your GP surgery.
Outside of normal surgery hours you can still phone your GP, but you will usually be directed to an out-of-hours service. The out-of-hours period is from 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on bank holidays.
During out-of-hours periods you can also call NHS 111. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can provide medical advice and advise you on the best local service to offer the care you need.
Less severe injuries can be treated in minor injuries units (MIUs) and NHS walk-in centres (WICs), which can treat patients without an appointment. The nearest WIC is Kingsnorth Medical Practice, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford Kent, TN23 3ED, telephone 01233 610140, www.kingsnorthmedicalpractice.co.uk/.