Emergency services

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POLICE, FIRE and AMBULANCE – phone 999.

Police - when it's less urgent than a 999 call - phone 101

Medical help - when you need medical help or advice fast but it's not a 999 emergency - phone 111

Fire - when it's not a 999 emergency, phone 030 030 8623


If you've a hearing or speech disability, you can send an emergency text message to 07786 208999 stating your location and the nature of the emergency. Click here for more information.


defibrillator is located just inside the entrance door of Garrigill Village Hall which has 24 hour access. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, dial 999 for emergency help and ask for the code for opening the defibrillator box. You will need to give the village name ("Garrigill") and the village hall postcode CA9 3DS. If possible, send someone for the defibrillator whilst you stay with the person in case CPR is needed.



The Alston Medical Practice, The Surgery, Cottage Hospital, Alston CA9 3QX tel: 381214  


Out of hours help: 6.30pm until 8.00am weekdays and all weekend (from 6.30pm Friday until 8.00am Monday morning). If you have an urgent but non-emergency medical problem that can't wait until the surgery opens, phone 111 (Alston surgery no longer handles urgent out of hours calls). NHS 111 "will assess your needs safely and effectively and direct you to the right NHS service." 



For nurse led treatment services only: Alston Community Hospital, Alston CA9 3QX tel: 381218 is open from 8am to 11pm


For 24 hour accident and emergency:

Cumberland infirmary, Newtown Road, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7HY (33 miles from Garrigill) tel: 01228 523444 - ask for A&E. The A&E department has separate access and car parking to the left of the main hospital entrance.

For urgent but less-serious conditions, there is also Hexham General Hospital, Corbridge Road, Hexham NE46 1QJ (28 miles from Garrigill) tel: 655655


POLICE (non-emergency)

Alston Police Station at Townhead has no public reception. If you wish to see an officer there, telephone 101 to make an appointment. To contact Dean Raine, our local Rural Police Community Support Officer, phone 101 then extension 2 then 45336.  Brampton Police Station, Longtown Road, Brampton, CA8 1SJ and Penrith Police Station, Hunter Lane, Penrith are open from 9am until 1pm Monday to Saturday: tel: 101. 



 Samaritans We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone tel: 08457 909090



Dr Jim Fotheringham

Thursdays: Alston Cottage Hospital, Alston CA9 3QX tel: 381511 

Other days (emergencies only): The Dental Surgery, Market Place, Brampton, CA8 1RW  tel: 016977 3015 

The out of hours emergency dental service is through Dental Direct  tel: 01228 603900



Old Stone Vets, 6 Skelgillside, Nenthead Road, Alston, CA9 3TR tel: 381792



Alston Pharmacy, Front Street, Alston, Cumbria CA9 3QP‎  tel: 381259