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Choose well for expert help and advice

If you are normally healthy, there are a range of NHS services on your doorstep where you can go for fast and effective advice and treatment without an appointment.  A&E departments and 999 services are for those who are seriously ill or emergencies.

Self care

Self care is the best choice to treat very minor illnesses and injuries.  A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest. Choosing well ensures you receive the rest and recovery you need, meaning busy NHS services can help those who need them most.


Pharmacists can be found across Blackburn with Darwen.  Visit your pharmacy when you are suffering from a common winter health problem that does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor. Your pharmacist can provide advice for common winter illnesses and suggest the best medicines to treat them.  To find your local pharmacy visit www.nhs.uk and click on ‘Find and Choose Services’ or phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. Choosing well ensures you get the treatment you need in the shortest possible time, reducing the pressure on essential NHS services. GPs GP surgeries can be found across East Lancashire. If you have an illness or injury that just will not go away, make an appointment with your local GP.  They provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations and prescriptions.  When absolutely essential, GPs can also provide home visits out of hours. If you do not have a GP, try and register with one before the holiday period.    To find GP surgeries near you visit www.nhs.uk and click on ‘Find and Choose Services’ or phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. Choosing well ensures that you get the treatment you need and reduces the demand on emergency services.

Minor injury units

You can visit one of the minor injuries units without appointment.  They are staffed by doctors and specialist nurses and can deal with problems like cuts and bruises, suspected fractures, minor eye problems, burns, scalds and sprains.  Our units are based at: Barbara Castle Way Health Centre Simmons Street Blackburn BB2 1AX Darwen Health Centre James Street West Darwen BB3 1PY A&E 999 Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.  A&E departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured.  Dialling 999 and stating a medical emergency will result in a response vehicle being sent to your location. Your local A&E department is situated at:

Royal Blackburn Hospital
Haslingden Road

Choosing well ensures that essential treatment is given, in the shortest possible time.