The National Health Service, or NHS, provides health and social care for those who are entitled to live, work or study in the UK. Services are delivered by five Health and Social Care Trusts across NI. HSC
Trusts manage and administer hospitals, health centres, residential homes, day centres and other health and social care facilities and they provide a wide range of health and social care services to the community. You can find out more about each Trust at http://online.hscni.net/hospitals/health-and-social-care-trusts/
Health and Social Care Service Finder at http://servicefinder.hscni.net/ will help you locate services in your area such as GPs, hospitals, dentists, pharmacists, opticians, and some key HSC Trust services including Emergency Departments (A&E). Simply pick the category of service required, enter a full postcode or town, and select a distance to display a list of the nearest matching services. Information includes address, contact details and scalable location map.
If you or someone you are with has an accident or suddenly becomes ill, you may need to visit an Accident & Emergency department. In serious circumstances, dial 999 for an ambulance, which will take you to the nearest public hospital for treatment.
Registering with a Doctor (General Practitioner)
GPs treat most common illnesses and promote well-being. If you require tests or suffer from a more serious medical condition they will refer you to a hospital for specialist treatment. Use the Service Finder noted above to locate the nearest health centre which will have a GP Practice.