999 Emergency Web Page999 is the telephone number to call for any emergency in the UK. After answering questions from a 999 operator, the Ambulance Service Web PageAmbulance Service, Fire Brigade WebsiteFire Brigade and/or Police WebsitePolice will come to your aid.EU 112 Emergency Service
The EU has provided 112 for you to dial in an emergency. It works anywhere within Europe and is free to call.
UK Citizens and European UK Residents can apply for the FREE EU Health Insurance WebsiteEU Health Insurance Card that covers common Healthcare treatment whilst staying in another EU Country.EHIC Information For Hungary
An EHIC Card can save you a lot of money towards any received healthcare treatment. It could even be free or minimal cost.
The NHS has apps that can help you Quit Smoking (NHS SmokeFree AppiPhone and NHS SmokeFree AppAndroid), Control Your Weight (BMI / Body Mass Index) (NHS BMI AppiPhone) and Track (Monitor) Your Drinking (NHS Drinks Tracker AppiPhone and NHS Drinks Tracker AppAndroid).NHS Health Check App
The NHS also has a wealth of healthcare information and advice on its NHS Tools Library Web PageTools Library) web page.
Continuing from the previous section: When you register with your local gp surgery, and therefore apply for a nhs medical card, you should of been given your first appointment; regardless of receiving your nhs medical card or not.
When you attend that first appointment, especially if you have not seen a doctor (gp) in years, the doctor should take your blood pressure and then ask you a little about your health background - Your family's health history, your current medication (if any) and your current health problems (if any). You should then, at the end of this consultation, be offered a blood test; either at the hospital or within the gp surgery, within a week or so. However, this depends on the particular doctor you are having the consultation with.
The NHS is governed by government guidelines to ensure that every patient receives at least one blood test per year, regardless if there is something wrong with the patient's health or not. This is so that health issues such as diabetes can be detected and treated early. If signs of diabetes have been detected, you will initially be asked to have a blood test every three to six months (at least twice a year) until the doctor is satisfied that the medication he/she had prescribed is treating the diabetes.
Medication is normally prescribed on a monthly basis, but this can be prescribed on a bi-monthly or quarterly basis too; if you have a good doctor. If you have to pay for your medicine, each item on your prescription will cost you NHS Prescription Fees Web Page£8.60. That price is set by the government. So if you need a pack of 62 tablets (one month) for your diabetes and one pack of 31 tablets (one month) for your high blood condition, that will cost you £17.20. Depending on your particular health issues, you might be eligible for a NHS Medical Exemption Certificate Web PageNHS Medical Exemption Certificate (Card) and get all of your medicine for FREE.
Over the last couple of years many GP Surgeries have been irritating their patients with a 'Telephone only' and 'Same Day only' appointment policy, apparently due to too many people in the past booking appointments whereby they then failed to cancel them when no longer needed. This has created the following kind of scenario:
You call the gp surgery today at 8am to book an appointment for today whereby the receptionist answers: "Sorry, we are fully booked for this morning. Call back at 1pm today.....to see what might be available later". So you call back at 1pm today only to be told "Sorry, fully booked for today, tomorrow and all next week. Try calling back tomorrow morning at 8am.....". This is a terrible system.
A good gp surgery has a morning walk-in service (where you can wait to see any doctor available, between 8am-10am for example) and the ability to book you an appointment weeks in advance whereby they send you 'appointment reminders' via text and/or e-mail; giving you plenty of time and opportunity to cancel, if need be.
Sadly, many gp surgeries now only accept 'on the day' telephone calls (i.e. between 8am-10am for example) and 'on the day' appointments whereby they call you back first to assess your health conditions over the telephone and then categorise you as either an Emergency (Urgent) case or Non-Urgent case. So getting an emergency prescription for example is a challenge because you can never get through to the gp surgery due to so many calls from other patients between 8am-10am for example. Their wording: If you call after the allocated time you might not get an appointment, etc.
The reason why I have mentioned the above is to make you aware that you can move from your current GP Surgery to another GP Surgery, quite easily, at any time. If you are not happy with the secretary, surgery and/or doctors simply register with another gp surgery as a new patient; giving them your old, annoying, doctor's/surgery's name and address details. Your medical records will then move to the new gp surgery and you should then receive a new NHS medical card.
If you need urgent/immediate, but NOT 999 EMERGENCY, assistance over the telephone, speaking to a professional NHS medical advisor/operator, you should call 111 for FREE from a landline (standard telephone line). Calling from a mobile phone will cost you £20.
The new 111 service replaces the old NHS Direct service, on 0845 4647, which is still being used in Cornwall, the Scilly Isles, Luton and Bedfordshire. You call 111, or 0845 4647, when you need non-999 medical help fast.