Who should I see?

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.

Self care

If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first.

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 give 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.

Patients suffering with any of these conditions can be treated with an appropriate antibiotic/antiviral medicine at participating community pharmacies.

How pharmacies can help – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

  • Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection – Women 16-64
  • Shingles –
  • Acute Otitis Media
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Infected insect bites
  • Impetigo
  • Acute Sore Throat

NHS 111

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

Click here for more information about how NHS 111 can help you.

Minor Injuries and Illnesses (Walk in Centre)

Surgery patients are free to use the Walk in Centre at:

Brighton Station Walk In Centre (next to Brighton Station)
Aspect House, 84 to 87 Queens Road, Brighton, BN13XE
Telephone: 01273 203058

Anyone can use a walk in centre. You do not need an appointment or to be registered with a GP. The walk in centre is staffed by experienced nurses and GPs and is open every day from 8am to 8pm, including all bank holidays. The centre offers a range of services including health information and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and injuries without having to make an appointment.



Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE.

Telephone: 01273 696955 extension 64261

Also in the event of poisoning or overdose the attend A&E

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.

Date published: 17th February, 2017
Date last updated: 15th March, 2024