Welcome to the OutUK series looking at gay men and their health brought to you in association with the NHS website.
Each week we'll tackle a different topic in our A to Z of Gay Health. We'll have features and advice on everything from relationships, sexual health, mental and physical conditions and how to stay fit. You can follow any of links provided below for more information direct from the NHS website, or see this week's feature T: Trichomoniasis (STI).

When To Use 111

NHS 111 can help if you think you need medical help right now.

You can get help from NHS 111:

We can direct you to the best place to get help if you cannot contact your GP during the day, or when your GP is closed (out-of-hours).

Depending on what you need, you might be advised to:

  • call 999 or go to A&E in an emergency
  • go to an urgent treatment centre
  • see an evening and weekend GP (out-of-hours GP)
  • book a callback from a nurse
  • get urgent specialist support, for dental or mental health problems
  • contact your own GP surgery
  • see a pharmacist for help with a minor illness
  • look after yourself safely at home

Get help online

111 online is for people aged 5 and over. Call 111 if you need help for a child under 5.

Answer questions about your symptoms on the website or in the NHS App and we will tell you what to do next.

Find out how 111 online works in detail.

Go to 111 online

Emergency prescriptions

You can get an emergency supply of regularly prescribed medicine from 111 online for someone of any age.

Dental problems

111 online can help with dental problems. This might mean finding a dentist, or an emergency dentist if there is availability in your area.

What 111 online cannot do

111 online cannot:

  • issue fit notes - you need to contact your GP
  • make or cancel appointments for you in other parts of the NHS

111 online asks for feedback, but this is only used to help improve our service.

We are unable to respond to requests for medical help left as feedback.

Get help on the phone

The 111 phone service can help with the same problems as 111 online.

Call 111 if you cannot use the online service because you:

  • need help for a child under 5
  • have complex problems caused by an existing medical condition
  • need to get end-of-life care

Find out what happens when you call 111.

Other ways to contact 111

Text relay

Call 18001 111 using text relay, 24 hours a day.

British sign language (BSL)

Use signvideo.co.uk/nhs111

Help in other languages

Call 111 and ask for an interpreter.

How to get urgent medical help elsewhere in the UK

How to make a complaint

NHS England: Feedback and complaints about NHS services

OutUK's A to Z of Gay Health continues and you can read this week's feature T: Trichomoniasis (STI). We have covered many subjects in this series and you can catch up with all of our Previous A to Z Features.

If you want to find out more about this particular topic you can visit the Original article on the NHS website. If you are worried by any aspect of your health make sure you go and see your doctor or book an appointment at your local clinic.

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