Latest information about Coronavirus

The latest national updates on Coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: This includes guidance on social distancing for vulnerable people and guidance for staying at home.  

The latest NHS advice for the public is available here:


Your health and services 

Use this section to see what help is available on your doorstep. You can use our NHS service finder for your nearest GP, chemist, dentist or hospital or browse the right hand menu for even more services to help you stay well.

Our quick guide below gives an overview of your essential local services that can help if you are feeling unwell or have a health concern.


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Things you can do to self care...

Self Care

Self care options that can help you treat minor ailments and stay well include:

  • Stocking up on over the counter medicines for coughs and colds at home, especially over the winter months
  • Getting your repeat prescriptions available from your GP practice but remember not to over order
  • Using the NHS service finder for pharmacies near to where you live
  • Finding answers about hundreds of health conditions online
  • Finding advice and information about living well
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You don't need to book an appointment here...


Get expert health advice from your local pharmacist:

  • Friendly, confidential, expert advice and treatment of everyday health issues
  • Local and close to home
  • Ask about Care at the Chemist for minor illnesses and ailments
  • Open early till late, no appointment needed
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You can check your symptoms and find answers to hundreds of health questions here...

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about:

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NHS 111
Call 111 or visit to get medical advice 24 hours a day here...

NHS 111

When you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency:

  • NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
  • Call 111 free from landlines and mobiles
  • Visit for health advice and signposting to urgent care services online
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You can get personal care close to home here...

GP Practice Services

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call. You can get personal care close to home at your GP practice:

  • Medical care for illnesses you can’t treat yourself
  • Contactable from 8.30am-6.30pm weekdays
  • Same day appointments available if necessary
  • If you don’t have a GP you can register with your local surgery, if you are not sure where this is you can find out by using our NHS service finder on the right hand menu
  • Now you can book routine non urgent appointments with a doctor or other health professional on weekday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings through the GP Extra service via your practice
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If you can't wait for your surgery to open you can still see a GP here...

GP Out of hours

If you can’t wait for your surgery to open you can still see a GP:

  • Just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary
  • Local GPs available during the evening, weekends and Bank Holidays
  • It’s very likely you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out of hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times

Walk-in and receive treatment 365 days of the year for illnesses you can't treat yourself here...

Walk-in Centre

Simply drop in to one of the centres and receive treatment for illnesses you can't treat yourself – there’s no need for an appointment

Litherland Walk-in Centre

  • Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, L21 9JN
  • Tel: 0151 475 4667

West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre

  • Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ
  • Tel: 0300 247 0011

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre

  • 116-118 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ
  • Tel: 0300 247 0011
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Get emergency dental health treatment here…

Dental Services

Get expert health advice from your local dentist:

  • Call Healthwatch Sefton on 0800 206 1304 to find your nearest dentist and check if you are eligible for free treatment
  • For emergency dental treatment when your dentist is closed, please call 0161 476 9651