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Seeing a GP over the Christmas period – what you need to know
Posted on 10 Dec 2019
Whilst your GP practice opening hours may vary over Christmas, there are plenty of other services available if you need to see a healthcare professional.
The NHS is typically extremely busy over the winter months so to ensure you can still access the healthcare services you need, the NHS and partners across Coventry and Warwickshire are reminding you of the options available.
Dr David Spraggett, GP and Chair of NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As Christmas approaches, I want to stress the importance of being aware of your local GP practice hours over this time. Depending on your GP practice, hours may vary. Check on their website or enquire in your practice about their opening hours.
“Some practices across Coventry and Warwickshire offer extended access, making GP appointments available at evenings and weekends for convenience and choice.
“Extended access appointments are offered at a number of hubs across the area, which are staffed by teams from local GP practices. For an extended access appointment, just contact your GP practice in the usual way.”
Remember that pharmacists are on hand to advise on a number of minor illnesses such as colds, coughs and sore throats. Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and are able to offer over the counter medicines to help alleviate your symptoms. For further information on how to stay healthy this winter visit www.nhs.uk.
If you’re in need of urgent care over the festive period, you should contact NHS 111 first to discuss your symptoms. 111 is a free service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
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