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New national health helpline

The three digit number, 111, is free to call and replaces NHS Direct . It should be called if medical help is needed fast but it’s not a 999 emergency.

New NHS helpline is 111

People in Hampshire can now call 111 if they need health advice. The number has replaced NHS Direct as a helpline for non life-threatening conditions.

A team of advisers, Paramedics and Nurses will assess a caller’s symptoms, provide relevant advice and direct them to the right local service.

The free, 24 hour, service is available 365 days a year and is being rolled out across the country by the end of October.

The service is live across Hampshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight - and will be available in Surrey, Berkshire,Wiltshire, Sussex and Dorset by the summer.

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