Hyslop Welcomes New Free Number for NHS 24
Local MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that people in West Lothian will no longer be charged for calling NHS 24 after April 2014 when the existing number will be replaced by 111.
“This is fantastic news that will see people across West Lothian continue to receive the same high-quality service from NHS 24 without being charged.
“The hope is that people might call 111 instead of 999 or turning up at Accident and emergency with an injury that could be treated over the phone.
“NHS 24 is designed to help people get the right care, from the right people, at the right time. It is a fundamental principle of the SNP that our health service should be free at the point of contact – and I am pleased that introduction of this number will ensure that is the case when people seek advice from NHS 24.”