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Local services

There are many ways that you can access local health services. It’s important that you choose the right one to ensure you get the right care, in the right place, first time. This section provides information about how to access the different types of NHS advice, support and treatment available to you. This area also identifies some of our key service providers.

Visit Reading Voluntary Action for help finding voluntary organisations that offer a wide range of services and activities aiming to promote and improve health for local people.

People have a key role in protecting their own health, choosing appropriate treatments and managing long-term conditions.

NHS E-Referrals (previously Choose and Book) is a service that lets you choose your hospital or clinic and book your first appointment.

NHS 111 is the number to call if someone needs medical help but they are not in a life-threatening situation. 

GPs and other healthcare professionals caring for you, keep records about your health and the treatment you receive from the NHS.

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