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Out of hours

Options for out-of-hours medical care:

Your pharmacy

Getting advice from a local pharmacist is the best first step for minor health concerns. Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends and you don't need an appointment. Find out more and your nearest pharmacist here.

NHS 111 service

When someone needs medical help but they are not in a life-threatening situation dial 111 free of charge from a mobile or landline, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Calling 111 will put you through to a highly trained adviser and experienced nurses and paramedics, to receive a clinical assessment. The Thames Valley Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) 111 service helps people access a wide range of clinical care through a single call, including dental, pharmacy and mental health services, ensuring patients get the right care, first time. This service is provided by South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) in collaboration with Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare.

Using 111 in a non-life threatening situation, instead of 999 or Accident & Emergency, helps reduce and avoids delays, freeing up A&E for patients who really need it.

Calls to the GP out-of-hours service are now handled by the NHS 111 team. When dialing these services a recorded message will advise you to dial 111.

Urgent Care Centres, Minor Injury Units and Walk-in Centres

These centres are available for anyone to access medical care:

  • Bracknell Urgent Care Centre
    London Road
    Bracknell
    RG12 9BG
    Call : 01344 55 11 00
    It is open from 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year.

  • Reading Walk-in Health Centre
    1st Floor, 103 105 Broad Street Mall
    Reading
    RG1 7QA
    Call: 0118 902 8300
    8am - 8pm every day of the year.

  • Minor Injuries Unit Thatcham
    West Berkshire Community Hospital
    London Road
    Benham Hill
    Thatcham
    RG18 3AS
    Phone: 01635 273 508
    Open from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week and from 10am - 6pm Christmas Day.

If you need medical help and are unsure what to do, call NHS 111 for help and advice. They are available 24 hours a day.