Quick healthcare line for Fenland patients

Patients in Fenland will be able to receive quick healthcare advice on how best to deal with an illness or injury by dialing 111.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group launched the NHS’s 111, 24/7 service earlier this year for people who need medical attention quickly, but not urgently.

Patients can now call 111 when it’s less urgent than 999. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a weekand is free of charge from landlines and mobiles. Patients can also get information on local health services, and advice on illnesses and injuries.

Dr Andrew Anderson, local GP and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s clinical lead for NHS 111, said: “By using 111 this will enable the 999 service to give quicker treatment to those more seriously unwell. Anyone who seeks fast medical advice but is unsure of what action to take should call 111 and if an adviser feels the caller needs an ambulance, one will be dispatched.

“NHS 111 is the simple and swift way to receive assistance for your health needs, 24hours a day seven days a week , and is free.”