NHS England have released a statement after reports of problems with its 111 phone service.

Taking to Twitter at 1.20pm, the NHS England account said: "We are aware some people are experiencing issues with the NHS 111 phone service.

"If you need urgent medical advice, please visit http://111.nhs.uk."

No further details have been released at this stafe as to what the problems with the service are.

The news was met with a backlash on social media.

One user said: "What about people without internet? What please is your advice to them?"

Another added: "So you have to go online if you have a medical emergency. Ridiculous!".

West Mercia Police had also warned of issues with it's non-emergency number earlier this afternoon.

A tweet from the force, which covers Herefordshire and south Shropshire, said: "There is currently a national fault with the 101 non-emergency phone number.

"Until this issue is resolved we ask that you report all non emergency crime on the website."

This has since been resolved.