When you need non-emergency medical treatment but it can’t wait until your GP surgery is next open, you can still see a local GP.
Call NHS 111, the free NHS non-emergency number, to speak to a trained advisor, supported by health professionals. They’ll ask you about your symptoms, offer advice and direct you to the right place to see care out of hours, which includes the GP Out-of-hours service if your practice is closed and you need to see a doctor.
The GP Out-of-hours service can offer telephone advice, a same-day appointment or a home visit from a local GP if necessary.
It’s not available for repeat prescriptions however, so do try to plan ahead and get these before weekends and bank holidays.
Some people still have an out-dated view of the GP out-of-hours service. They think they will be getting their doctor out of bed, or they will only be able to see a GP who isn’t aware of their medical history. This simply isn’t the case, the GP Out-of-hours service is run by local GPs, most of who work in local practices and are ready to help you.
“My little girl was sick in the night and I couldn’t wait till morning to see a doctor. The GP Out of Hours service was fantastic; it’s a comfort to know a local doctor is there for you whatever the time.”