Useful Information

Here, find out everything you need to know in case of an emergency, from healthcare to useful phone numbers, as well public access computers and local tourist information resources.

The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK.

NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment, except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK.

The UK government strongly advises visitors to take out appropriate travel insurance for the duration of your trip to cover any medical expenses.

If you’re visiting from Europe, make sure to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital – find out how Brexit may impact EHIC cards.

Emergency services

Buxton Hospital has a Minor Injuries Unit, open Monday – Sunday, 8am – 10pm. The nearest Accident and Emergency is located at Macclesfield District General Hospital, approximately 12 miles away. Stepping Hill Hospital in Hazel Grove also has an Accident and Emergency located 15.5 miles away.

Buxton Coronavirus Assessment Centre is currently operating out of Buxton Hospital, in response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The hub is not a testing facility and no tests will be carried out at this site. Walk-in’s will not be accepted so they ask people do not attend unless they have been through the appropriate triage first – all information on this service and how it works can be found here.

Emergency Contacts

Call 999 (Ambulance, Fire & Police) – in an emergency
You should only dial 999 in the case of a serious emergency.

Non-Emergency Contacts

Police non-emergency: 101
Call 101 for general enquiries or to report an incident that does not require immediate attention.

NHS 111 Service: 111
Use the NHS 111 service if you need urgent medical help/advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

Dental Care

Because of Coronavirus, all routine dental treatment has been stopped at the moment. If you think you need urgent dental treatment:

  • Call the dentist you are registered with
  • Use the NHS 111 online service if you cannot contact your dentist or you do not have one

Broadwalk Dental Practice Currently taking calls and able offer advice. Urgent cases will be triaged over the phone. In the event of where there is clinical indications that antibiotics are required the arrangements can be made. No patients will be asked to attend the practice under any circumstances at this moment in time. The situation is under constant review.

T: 01298 214601

Buxton Dental The practice is currently not seeing patients. Read their latest update on their website.

T: 01298 71083

Lightwood Dental Care 

The practice is currently not seeing patients and are currently providing emergency care only. Read their latest update on their website.

T: 01298 27077


Buxton is a beautiful place to visit what ever the weather or season. To find out the latest forecast for Buxton and the Peak District ahead of your visit, go to This comprehensive website provides live, up to date forecasts and is updated daily. Traffic reports such as road conditions, accidents and other local issues relating to roads are also published as well as significant weather events, eg. during winter when snow and ice can cause road closures.


Free Wi-Fi is available in many of Buxton’s cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants. Public computers with internet access are also available at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Buxton Library.

Buxton Visitor Centre

Buxton Visitor Centre is staffed by an experienced and knowledgeable team who possess a fantastic knowledge of Buxton and the surrounding area. The team can help you plan your trip and offer tourist information on Buxton, the High Peak and the Peak District area. They can also help with information on local events and where to find information online during your time in Buxton. There is a wide range of local information leaflets here as well as free town maps and town guides. A range of souvenirs and exclusive stylish gifts are available in the Gift Shop.

Exploring the Peak District and Derbyshire

Visit Peak District and Derbyshire is the areas official tourist board and their website and social media channels provide information on everything from the very best things to do and not to miss, attractions, local events, best activities for all the family, places to stay, food and drink and an overview of towns and villages in the region.

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