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NHS 24- New freephone number now in use

A new freephone number has been introduced for the NHS 24 non-emergency helpline in Scotland.

People can now dial 111 rather than the previous 11-digit number to receive medical advice.

In the past, callers paid the price of a local call from a landline but mobile users often faced much higher charges.

The change brings Scotland into line with England, which has been using the 111 number since February.

The NHS 24 service will remain exactly the same, with nurses and other healthcare professionals available to give advice on non-urgent health issues 24 hours a day.