NHS 111 aims to make it easier for people to access urgent local healthcare services when they need medical health fast but it is NOT a 999 emergency. It provides one, easy to remember and free to call number.
From 5 March 2013 there will only be three numbers people in Kent & Medway need to contact the NHS for urgent care.
South East Health and Meddoc will no longer provide an out of hours telephone service. For out of ours GP services patients will need to call NHS 111 and not their usual out of hours telephone number. NHS Direct will also cease to offer a telephone service as will the PCT dental helplines. NHS 111 will replace these services.