London Borough of Barnet

Health advice

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The National Health Service (NHS), through hospitals and other healthcare trusts, provides treatment, services and advice to people who are ill or have had an accident, and to help them stay healthy. If you need advice about your health, the NHS Choice website has a wealth of information on specific conditions, and useful tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The NHS also have a Health apps library, where you can download and use applications to help you manage your own health. All the Apps in this library have been reviewed by the NHS and rated by people who use them.

Free Health Checks

If you are aged between 40 - 74, you are entitled to a free health check every five years. The health check looks for risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and certain types of dementia. You will be given support and advice to help to reduce or manage any risk. Ask your GP for more information.


Barndoc is an out of hours service is for patients who have urgent health needs that cannot wait until their GP practice is next open. Barndoc provides out of hours GP cover:

  • between 6.30pm and 8am on weekdays, and
  • from 6.30pm on a Friday to 08.00am Monday and on bank holidays

Patients in Barnet can access out of hours services by phoning 111 telephone number.  Every GP surgery when closed will now have the 111 number on their voicemail. 

If patients are transferred from 111 to Barndoc, they can expect:

  • to receive a telephone call back from a GP who will give them healthcare advice and/or
  • a consultation with a GP at either Edgware Community Hospital or Finchley Memorial Hospital , or if it is convenient at Chase Farm Hospital , Enfield or The Laurels Healthy Living Centre, Haringey 
  • a home visit if clinically appropriate

NHS 111

If you need to speak to someone about an illness, you should first contact your GP. If this is not possible, you should call NHS 111. NHS 111 is a new non-emergency telephone service designed to help people access local health services. Residents will be able to call 111 when they need medical help or advice, but it isn’t a 999 emergency. NHS 111 will replace NHS Direct as the single number to call for urgent care advice.

People should call 111 if:

  • it's not a 999 emergency
  • they think they may need urgent care and their GP surgery is closed
  • they don't think it can wait for an appointment with their GP
  • they don't know who to call for medical help

NHS 111 is free to call and is a fast and easy way to get the right medical help. NHS 111 is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced clinicians, who ask callers questions to assess symptoms, give healthcare advice and direct callers to the right local service as quickly as possible. This can include a local GP, another doctor, urgent care centre, community nurses, emergency dentist or late-opening chemist.

When someone calls 111, they are assessed straight away. If it is an emergency, an ambulance will be dispatched immediately without the need for any further assessment.

NHS 111 will be staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free – just like 999. 

In an emergency, you should call 999.

On this site, we have provided some useful advice on keeping cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. There is also information about our specialist drug and alcohol service for those who need support.

  • Our directory provides details of the main health services available in Barnet. It also gives details of voluntary groups and specialist organisations, which can provide information and support on specific health problems and disabilities
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Social Care Direct

For all enquiries about Adults and Communities

North London Business Park (NLBP) Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1NP

SMS: 07506 693707

Tel: 020 8359 5000

Central London Community Healthcare

Tel: 020 7798 1300
Provides community and in-patient services across the borough

Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group

Tel: 020 8952 2381
Has responsibility for commissioning (planning and buying healthcare) across the borough to meet the needs of the local population.

NHS 111

If you need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you should use the NHS 111 service.

Tel: 111
Textphone: 18001 111