Health and Emergency Services
You need to register with a GP surgery as soon as possible. You can decide where to register. It is usual to choose a GP surgery close to where you are living. Your GP is usually your first contact if you have a health problem. They can treat many conditions and give health advice. They can also refer you to other specialist NHS services. Find a GP on the NHS website.
Located in many towns, qualified healthcare professionals can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. This is also where you can get prescriptions once issued by the GP. Find your local pharmacy on the NHS website.
Some dentists offer NHS treatment and private treatment. You should try to register with a dentist as an NHS patient, although places are limited and may not be close to where you live. Inform them if you are in receipt of benefits as checks and some treatments may be free, other treatments are payable. Find a dentist on the NHS website.
Mental health services
Mental health problems range from the worries we all experience as part of everyday life to serious long-term conditions. Anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression are the most common problems. If you have been feeling depressed for more than a few weeks or your anxiety is affecting your daily life, make an appointment to speak to your doctor. Advice is also available on the NHS website to support you on your way to feeling better.
Emergency or urgent services
For acute emergency illness that cannot wait until GP surgery opening hours, telephone 111 for advice, or visit online. If you have an emergency, needing immediate medical assistance as someone’s life may be at risk, telephone 999 for an Ambulance. Find your local Accident and Emergency department.
The UK emergency services ensure public safety and health, and available 24/7. Police, Fire and Ambulance can all be contacted in an emergency situation on the same number, 999.
- police - if a serious offence is in progress or in immediate danger – telephone 999
- ambulance - if someone’s life is at risk – telephone 999
- fire and rescue - if there is a fire – telephone 999
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue
In addition to emergency assistance, our teams can help with non-emergency assistance such as home safety advice, safe and well checks, smoke alarm advice. More information can be found on the home fire safety webpage.
The Police in the UK are there to protect the public, their rights and the law. The Police are there to help, you should not be afraid to approach them if you are a victim of a crime or see a crime happening. Their role is to:
- protect life and property
- prevent public disturbances
- prevent and detect crimes
We want Lincolnshire to be the safest place to live, work and visit, and for everyone in our communities to be free from harassment and fear. We hope this will be your experience during your stay in Lincolnshire. We work with partners to reduce crime and improve the safety of people and the communities they live and work in. Our officers are friendly and approachable, so please talk to them if you need to.
If you do need to report a crime:
- telephone 999 for a crime in progress and/or immediate risk of significant harm
- telephone 101 for non-emergency, or report online
- report a non-urgent incident online