NHS 111 number is officially live in the Portsmouth area

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A NEW number for healthcare needs has been officially launched.

NHS 111 is to be used for fast medical help that’s not a 999 emergency.

The service is free from mobiles and landlines and is available 24 hours a day, throughout the year.

The five-year contract, costing £20m, is being run by South Central Ambulance Service in the Portsmouth area.

A call handler will ask the patient ringing in a series of questions about their symptoms.

At the end they will be advised which service would be best placed to help, send an ambulance, or advised to self-treat at home if appropriate.