In an emergency
You should dial 999 in an emergency to request the police, fire or ambulance service.
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland - when it's less urgent than a 999 call.
Health and social care
- People with life-threatening, emergency or serious conditions will always receive the highest priority from the NHS. To ensure you get the right care in the right place, please call your GP or use alternatives for less serious or minor problems.
Find a local health service.
NHS Stay Well website for helpful tips and advice. Locate your nearest pharmacy and read specific information on how to look after yourself if you're over 65, pregnant, a parent, a carer, or have a long-standing health condition.
Getting the right health advice at the right time is now even easier with the online version of the NHS 111 service, now available in Greater Manchester. The
NHS 111 website helps people access on-the-spot, immediate healthcare advice with their smartphone, tablet or computer. The online assessment process takes only about 3 minutes to complete.
Greater Manchester can offer more out-of-hours GP appointments throughout the winter. So wherever you live in the region, you'll be able to get an evening or weekend appointment with a doctor or health professional in your local area (this may not be at your own GP but at one of 50 neighbourhood hubs). Visit the
Extended GP Hours website or call your local practice.
- Your local pharmacy is your fastest route to care - visit them at the first sign of illness. These over the counter medical experts can help stop conditions like a cough or cold from getting worse. There are around 100 '100 hour' high street pharmacies, meaning people have even more access to healthcare advice during the evenings and at the weekend.
Find a local health service.
- Emergency dental care is available in every area of Greater Manchester. How to get emergency dental treatments
- All those eligible should get their free flu jab. These are people in the 'at risk' groups – people aged over 65, people with long-term health conditions like asthma and diabetes, pregnant women, people with a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 and carers. A nasal flu vaccination is also offered to children free of charge. Parents of toddlers aged 2 or 3 can get them vaccinated at their GP surgery. School children from reception up to year 4 receive their vaccination at school, which parents give their consent for.
More about flu jabs.
Keep warm this winter and help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Cold weather can be harmful. Heat your home to at least 18°C. People should also look out for their family, friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable over winter. Visit the NHS vaccinations website for more information.