Local star Gemma Atkinson is helping spread the word about NHS 111 First – a new, more convenient way for people to get the urgent care they need.

The Bury born actor and broadcaster is lending her support to our campaign to encourage people to ‘think 111 First’ instead of heading straight to their local emergency department.

Gemma has a young daughter and is incredibly close to all her family, so understands that, while no one likes to imagine needing emergency care, unfortunately there are times when we all need to call on the NHS for support.

It’s at these moments when we should all consider the best, quickest and safest way to get the help we need.

Gemma explains: “Of course I hope that none of us will ever need urgent medical care. But it’s good to know that if we do have a situation that’s serious but not life-threatening, NHS 111 is there to help.

“The team at NHS 111 include nurses, doctors, pharmacists and paramedics and they are on the phone or online to help you access the care you need right away.

“They’ll listen to what’s wrong and then make sure you get the right treatment as quickly as possible. That might be booking you in to be seen at your local A&E or urgent treatment centre, or directing you to other services that can help.

“Contacting NHS 111 first will help NHS urgent and emergency care services maintain social distancing. It will ensure that patients of all ages, in all parts of Greater Manchester receive the right care in the right place, in a timely and safe way.

“And remember, people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries should continue to dial 999. Anyone who arrives at A&E without calling NHS 111 will still receive medical care, with those needing emergency treatment prioritised.”

Gemma can currently be heard hosting the drivetime show every weekday on Hits Radio.

She first shot to fame playing Lisa Hunter on Hollyoaks. And in 2017 she danced her way into the hearts of the nation, and her partner Gorka Márquez, when she took part in Strictly Come Dancing.

Use NHS 111 either by visiting the website 111.nhs.uk or by calling 111 



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