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People in Greater Manchester are urged to use NHS 111 Online for all non-emergency healthcare needs during the next strike action in the NHS.

This tenth round of action will see hospital-based junior doctors and trainee GPs strike over five days from 7am on Saturday 24 February to 11.59pm on Wednesday 28 February.

Mr Dilraj Sandher, executive medical director for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, on behalf of NHS acute medical directors in Greater Manchester, said: “Patients with appointments at hospitals and GP practices are asked to attend as planned unless they are told otherwise.

“If you have not been contacted, please attend your appointment as planned. For urgent health advice on days of strike action, please contact NHS 111 Online immediately. You will be assessed and directed to the most appropriate service to use.

“If you have regular medication, remember to order your repeat prescription in time so you don’t run out. Your GP practice will be open as normal but may be busier than usual. If there’s an immediate risk of danger to life, you should always call 999”.

Get to know where to go for help

NHS 111

NHS Greater Manchester is urging people to use NHS 111 Online for all non-emergency healthcare needs in the first instance, unless the issue concerns a child under five years when they should call 111.

Deaf people or people with hearing loss can dial 18001 111 on a textphone or use the Relay UK app (which can be downloaded from Apple’s App Store or Google Play Store).

NHS 111 offers a British Sign Language (BSL) service that is open 24/7. Connect to a BSL interpreter here.

NHS 111 Online can help you:

  • If you need help but don’t know who to call
  • Find general health information and advice
  • If you are ill and need to be told what to do next
  • Get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine


You can safely manage lots of illnesses at home or with a trip to a local pharmacist. There are pharmacies open late in to the night and very early in the morning. Find your nearest pharmacy.

Urgent dental care

The Greater Manchester Urgent Dental Care Service is available from 8am to 10pm every day including weekends for severe dental pain and infection.

Call 0333 332 3800 to be assessed by a healthcare professional who can provide self-care advice or book a face-to-face appointment, if needed.

Urgent eye care

Free urgent eyecare is available across all ten areas of Greater Manchester. If you have a sudden and urgent problem with your eyes, you can contact a local practice to get an appointment.

Find out more about the NHS Greater Manchester Community Urgent Eye Care Service.

Mental health

For free urgent mental health support, people can contact one of these 24/7 helplines. They’re available to anyone of any age:

  • Bolton, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Wigan 0800 953 0285 (freephone).
  • Bury; Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale; Oldham; Stockport, and Tameside 0800 014 9995 (freephone).

If there’s an immediate risk of danger to life, you should ring 999.

More information

Local NHS services will be using their websites and social media channels to provide up-to-date information to the public about local service disruption. People should to check before travelling.


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