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Non-urgent health number planned

10th July 2009

A new non-emergency NHS number could be introduced across England.

Ofcom has launched a consultation on the 111 number ahead of pilots which are expected to take place next year. The Department of Health said the number would provide an alternative to 999 in cases where people do not need to go to A&E.  It is designed to ease pressure on the 999 number and is not to replace NHS Direct.

Callers could use the number when they need information about out-of-hours GP services and walk-in centres.

 

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Article Information

Title: Non-urgent health number planned
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 12097
Date Added: 10th Jul 2009

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