Health – Find a Doctor

Health – Find a Doctor

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For routine health problems, go to your local Doctor. Do not go to the hospital. Another word for ´doctor´ is General Practitioner or GP. In the UK, if you are sick, you have to see a GP first.


If your need is urgent but not life threatening the Walk in Centres are best. Walk in Centre care will help with:

  • Infections
  • Broken bones
  • Minor illness
  • Temperature
  • Emergency Contraception
  • Diarrhoea and Vomiting
  • Aches and pains
  • Trips and sprains
  • Rashes
  • Wounds
  • Bites


Only go to the Hospital if it is an emergency. The Accident and Emergency department (A&E) at a hospital provide emergency care for people who are seriously ill or badly injured.

A&E will help with:

  • head injuries
  • collapse or loss of consciousness
  • sudden or severe confusion
  • serious accidents
  • heart attack
  • severe breathing difficulties
  • heavy blood loss
  • severe burns
  • extreme allergic reaction
  • suspected stroke

In A&E staff must give priority to serious and life-threatening conditions, so if you go there with a minor injury, you may have to wait a very long time to be seen.

If you do not speak English, you have the right to ask for an interpreter. If your injury is not serious, go to a walk-in centre or minor injuries unit. You do not need an appointment to see a doctor at a minor injuries unit. They are run by a team of highly qualified nurses who have experience and expertise in treating minor injuries. Minor injuries units and walk-in centres are open 365 days a year and provide treatment for less serious injuries, such as sprains, cuts and grazes. Many people go to Accident and Emergency (A&E) with minor injuries, when they could be usually treated much more quickly at a minor injuries unit or walk-in centre.


Walk-in Centres in Southampton can be found at Bitterne Health Centre and the RSH Hospital. For further information use the link below.

Urgent Care on Southampton Community Healthcare website

Nicholstown Surgery

For other problems see your Doctor / GP. Everyone living in the UK has a right to register with a Doctor

Contact your Doctor when you have a health problem or feel unwell and make an appointment. Your local doctors surgery or GP practice provides a wide range of family health services, including:

  • advice on health problems including sexual health
  • advice on contraception and pregnancy
  • vaccinations
  • examinations and treatment
  • prescriptions for medicines
  • referrals to other health services and social services.

If your condition is non-urgent, you can expect to see a doctor within two working days or a health professional such as a nurse within one working day. If you don´t need an appointment within two working days, you can also book in advance if this is more convenient for you.

It is important to keep your appointment, or notify the surgery if you have to cancel or change it.

Find a Doctor

If you are not already registered with a GP practice or want to find one where you live, you can search our GPs in Southampton page.

Opening hours

Outside your GP opening hours you can access a GP though the ´Out of Hours´ service. This service should only be used for urgent health problems that cannot wait until your GP practice is open. The service does not deal with repeat prescriptions.

For more information on when it is best to call the Out of Hours service, please click and read the link. You can access the service by calling 0844 811 3060.

You should only dial 999 in a medical emergency


GPs in Southampton

Nicholstown Surgery

For oral health advice, and for booking a dentist in Hampshire, visit Hampshire Dental Helpline.


When your doctor gives you a prescription, you normally go to a Pharmacist or Chemist. The Pharmacist then gives you the correct medicine based on the prescription.

As well as dispensing prescriptions, pharmacists provide other services. For example:

  • Advice on minor ailments such as colds, skin conditions and allergies.
  • Emergency contraception,
  • You can also buy medicines for coughs, colds and pain relief from pharmacies


Local Chemists

Christmas and New Year opening times

NHS direct

Get advice from a doctor through NHS Direct – 0845 46 47. NHS Direct is a phone service which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer expert health advice, information and reassurance to anyone who needs it.

NHS Direct also provides a wealth of information and self care advice online at the NHS Direct website.

Useful Links

NHS Choices Website

Medical Advice Now

NHS Direct Health and symptom checkers

Nicholstown Surgery

For oral health advice, and for booking a dentist in Hampshire, visit Hampshire Dental Helpline.