NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising patients that if they become unwell over the holidays GP appointments will available over Christmas and New Year.
Pre-booked appointments can be booked either directly with your GP or by ringing NHS111. GP appointments may not be at your usual GP practice but at your local extended access hub.
The NHS is also reminding people if they have a minor illness like coughs and colds or aches and pains, they can self-care or home or visit a pharmacist. Most pharmacies will have reduced opening hours over the bank holidays but some will be open on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Dr Gordon Sinclair, Clinical Chair of NHS Leeds CCG said: “As with any other time of the year, people can and will become unwell over the holiday period. People can self-care and manage some minor illnesses and ailments safely at home.”
“You can also visit your pharmacist who will offer professional advice for common illnesses like coughs and colds or aches and pains. GP appointments are also available over the festive period. If you’re unsure of which service you need, you can also always contact NHS 111 by phone or online to speak to a fully trained advisor, who will guide you towards the correct service.”
To find GP and pharmacy opening times over the bank holidays, please visit https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/services/christmas-and-new-year/