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 a cough, cold 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 Sarah Forbes, GP at Oakwood Lane Medical Centre and Associate Medical Director at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Like any other day of the year people can become unwell over the bank holiday period. Some minor illnesses can be safely managed at home through self-care. You can also visit your pharmacist who will offer professional advice for common illnesses like coughs and colds or aches and pains. There are also GP appointments available. If you are unsure of which service you need, you can always contact NHS 111 to speak to a fully trained advisor.”
To find GP and pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday, please visit: https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/services/christmas-and-new-year-opening-times/
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