We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a practice nurse might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just call your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
Pharmacy Minor Ailment scheme
The NHS minor ailment scheme allows pharmacies to provide patients with medicines for free on the NHS, aswell as giving you advice and support about how to care for minor conditions yourself.
Anyone who doesn’t normally have to pay for prescriptions from their GP – for example because they’re under 16, over 60 or on benefits – is eligible for the scheme and will not need to pay for the medicine that the pharmacist suggests.
There are a number of Minor Ailments that can be treated by your pharmacist instead of visiting your GP, including;
Fever Fungal Skin Infections
Head Lice Acute Pain
You do not need an appointment you can go any time the pharmacy is open
Please note – Not all pharmacies deliver the minor ailments scheme so please check with your local pharmacy.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
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
Doncaster Same Day Health Centre
The service is staffed by local doctors, NPS, ECP’s and healthcare professionals and offer treatment of: minor injuries, minor and moderate illnesses, diagnosis of acute medical conditions and presentations, including first line diagnostics, sexual health issues and onward referral to secondary or specialist NHS health care.
Patients can make appointments at the centre by calling NHS 111 or 0300 123 3103 (local charges apply) but should always try their GP first.
Located at Cavendish Court, South Parade, Doncaster DN1 2DJ.
For further information please see here.
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.