Professional Health Services

Health professionals such as your Pharmacist, GP or Dentist provide a range of medical advice and treatment. You can save time by seeing the most appropriate health professional first.  For example you could visit your local pharmacist instead of your GP.


Visiting your pharmacist can be a quick way of accessing medical help and advice.  As well as dispensing prescriptions, they provide a wide range of services and immediate help and advice on many illnesses such as cold and flu, stomach upsets and sore throats.  You don’t need an appointment and you can speak to your pharmacist in private and in confidence.  Many pharmacists have extended opening hours including evening and weekends.


You should visit your GP if you or a family member has a condition that you or your pharmacist cannot treat.  GP surgeries offer a wide range of services including diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, ongoing treatment of acute illnesses, prescriptions, medical examinations, and referral to specialist services such as stop smoking services.  Practice nurses also form part of the GP service and often you can make an appointment direct with them for a range of treatments.  If you need to see a GP urgently outside surgery hours, call: 0161 336 5958.

Ashton Primary Care Centre

If you need to see a doctor today and can’t get an appointment with your own GP or it is outside surgery hours, you can visit the walk-in service at Ashton Primary Care Centre.  Staffed by nurses and GPs, the centre is open 8am-8pm everyday of the year.  You do not need to be registered or have an appointment to visit the centre.  The walk-in service provides expert treatment for minor illnesses and injuries and you will often be seen more quickly than visiting Accident and Emergency.


If you experience toothache, try to relieve the problem with painkillers in the first instance.  If the problem persists then you should make an appointment to see your dentist. If you do not have a dentist, you can access dental services by ringing: 0161 476 9649 and someone will be able to make you an appointment for routine or urgent care.  Urgent care advice at weekends and outside normal surgery hours (6.30pm to 8am) is available by calling: 0161 337 2246.

NHS 111

For free and confidential advice and guidance on where to get the right information you can speak to the NHS by dialing: 111.