Health & Social Care

Houghton Close Surgery 

Ampthill Healthcare


  • Greensand Surgery - The Health Centre, Oliver Street, Ampthill, Beds, MK45 2SB. Appointments: 01525 631391. General Enquiries:  01525 631390. Website: 
  • Houghton Close Surgery, 1 Houghton Close, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2TG. Tel: 01525 300898. Website:
  • Oliver Street Surgery, Oliver Street, Ampthill, Bedford, MK45 2SB. Tel: 01525 631395. Website:



Local Hospitals

  • Bedford Hospital - Kempston Road, Bedford, MK42 9DJ. Main Switchboard: 01234 355122. Website:
  • Luton & Dunstable Hospital -  The Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton LU4 0DZ. Website:

NHS 111

Anyone who lives in, or is visiting, Bedfordshire, have a new number to call when they need medical help fast, but it's not a 999 emergency, life-threatening situation. The new number is 111.

This NHS phone service provides a new way to ensure you receive the right care, from the right person, in the right place, at the right time. When you call you will be assessed, given advice and directed straight away to the local service that can help you best.  That could be an out of hours GP, a walk-in centre, community nurse, late opening pharmacist, or if needed, A & E.

The number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Calls from landlines and mobile phones are free. The NHS Direct phone service is no longer operating in Bedfordshire.

For less urgent health needs, such as flu or stomach upset, you should still contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way. You can still call your GP practice any time, to be directed where to go or call.

In Bedfordshire, the NHS 111 service is provided by South Central Ambulance Service. Callers to 111 will speak with fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They use a clinical assessment system to assess callers' needs safely and effectively and direct them to the right NHS service. NHS 111 helps patients get the right service at the right time.

When to use it

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.

If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999. 

    What does the Ampthill Town plan say about Health and Social Care Issues? 

    Ampthill has a good level of health care in the town. The organisations involved make a tremendous contribution to the community. Ampthill, however, is one of the few towns in the County without a Good Neighbour or a Village Care Scheme. These schemes aim to provide easy access to help and support for every resident should they need it.


    • Establish a Good Neighbour Scheme for the town.
    • Establish extensions to the Good Neighbour Scheme such as the Link Up scheme that helps elderly and vulnerable residents by fitting door chains, door viewers and other home security devices.
    • Provide a room that Health and Social Service voluntary groups could book for the purposes of speaking to clients.
    • Resist any reduction of Health and Social services currently provided to residents of Ampthill.


    • Active Good Neighbour Scheme across the town.
    • A Good Neighbour Committee to manage the Good Neighbour scheme.
    • To ensure that Ampthill continues to be a caring community.


    • The town supports the establishment of a Good Neighbour Scheme across the town and seeks to provide any additional Link up services.
    • The town supports the work currently done in Ampthill, by the three GP practices, the Pharmacy, the Dentist, Steppingley Hospital, the Social Service department of the Bedfordshire County Council and of the many local Health and Social Service voluntary groups.