But it is sometimes less clear where people should go for urgent health treatment and advice especially when their GP practice is closed.
That means many people often choose to suffer in silence or go to A&E when they could have been treated sooner by a different service.
That is why the NHS is speaking to patients about early proposals to introduce urgent treatment centres in east Kent. These will bring a range of services together in one place and be able to diagnose and treat a wide range of urgent conditions.
Caroline Selkirk, Managing Director of east Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups, said:
“We have already carried out public surveys and spoken to patient groups, local organisations, GPs and NHS staff about our plans to introduce urgent treatment centres in east Kent.
“But before we finalise our plans we want to give the public another opportunity to talk about them. We want to know what they think about the benefits of such a service or to raise any concerns they have about the proposals.”
A public meeting to hear about and comment on the plans for urgent care across east Kent will take place on Tuesday 26 February at The Pavillion Suite, Canterbury Cricket Ground, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NZ from 10am until 4pm.
The public can register by emailing: email@example.com or calling 03000 424348.
If people are unable to attend but wish to comment they can email firstname.lastname@example.org