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NHS 111 phone number coming to Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire residents will be among the the first in the south of England to be able to phone the new NHS 111 number.

The freephone number is for people that need medical help but not necessarily emergency aid.

The number is currently running in Luton, County Durham and Darlington, Lincolnshire and Nottingham.

Dr Andrew Burnett, local coordinator of the project, said it would start in Oxford in February.

It would roll out to the rest of the county afterwards.

The NHS says trained advisors will direct callers to out-of-hours doctors, urgent care centres, emergency dentists or late-opening chemists where appropriate.

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