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Non-emergency hotline launched

20th August 2010

NHS County Durham and Darlington has launched a new urgent care phone service intended for patients who need urgent medical attention when their GP surgery is shut or when a 999 emergency call is not appropriate.

Those patients should now call 111 instead with the trust hoping the new service will save money, as well as ease the pressure on ambulance and A&E services. The scheme will be rolled out later this year to cover Nottingham City, Lincolnshire and Luton.

 

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Article Information

Title: Non-emergency hotline launched
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 15844
Date Added: 20th Aug 2010

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