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.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
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.
Walk-in centre – health advice and treatments for a range of conditions and GP services
Shakespeare Medical Centre,
1 Cromwell Mount,
Tel 0113 295 1132.
Open 8am-8pm every day including all bank holidays.
Minor injuries units – treatment of cuts, sprains, burns, broken bones (including X-rays)
St George’s Centre,
St George’s Road,
Tel 0113 392 9801.
Open 8am-10.30pm everyday including bank holidays, closed Christmas Day
Newall Carr Road,
Tel 0113 392 1647.
Open 8am-11pm everyday including bank holidays, closed Christmas Day
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
Typetalk or textphone
If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, you can use the NHS 111 service through a textphone by calling 18001 111.
Calls are connected to the TextDirect system and the textphone will display messages to tell you what is happening. A Typetalk Relay Assistant will automatically join the call. They will talk back what you’ve typed to the NHS 111 adviser and, in return, type back the adviser’s conversation, so you can read it on your textphone’s display or computer
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.
Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS)
The Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) provides assessment and treatment for people with recently occurring minor eye problems such as:
- Red eye or eyelids
- Dry, gritty or uncomfortable eyes
- Eye irritation and inflammation
- A lot of recent discharge from the eye or watery eye
- Recently occurring flashes or floaters
- Painful eye
- Ingrowing lashes
- Recent and sudden loss of vision
- Foreign body in the eye
It is an NHS service provided by accredited opticians (optometrists). A referral from the GP is not needed.
Who is it for?
People of any age can use the service but under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
How do I book an appointment?
To find out more, visit Primary Eyecare. There you can find details of participating practices.
You can book the appointment yourself without needing to contact the doctor.
Telephone the opticians’ practice directly to make an appointment. Do not visit the practice without making an appointment.