If you become unwell or injured make sure you choose the right service to ensure you get the right service.
Your local pharmacist is a highly trained healthcare professional, and can give you advice on common illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them. Most pharmacies now have a quiet area away from other customers where you can speak to the pharmacist more privately. Visit your local pharmacy when you are suffering from a common health problem which does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor.
GP practices can be found locally across Tameside and Glossop. We have contracts with 39 practices to provide general medical care from 40 premises. GPs have to provide this care during what are known as core hours from 8am to 6.30pm. You can make an appointment with your practice for medical advice, examinations and prescriptions. GPs also provide an out-of-hours service - just ring your normal GPs number. You should make an appointment with your local GP when you have an illness or injury that will not go away. For details of local GP surgeries, including opening hours, contact details, and details of the services they provide.
Walk-in services treat minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to A&E such as cuts, sprains, rashes and strains. Tameside and Glossop walk-in services are open 365 days a year. You do not need an appointment and will be seen by an experienced nurse or doctor.
Hospitals / A&E
Accident and Emergency departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured, for example choking, chest pain, severe bleeding and blacking out. If you telephone 999 and tell the operator that there is a medical emergency a response vehicle may be sent to your location. Emergency services are very busy. They should only be used in very serious or life-threatening situations.