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When to make an appointment with your GP

Before you make an appointment to see your GP, consider the alternatives.

Your local pharmacist may be able to give you the help you need, so you won’t have to spend time waiting for an appointment.

Pharmacists are highly trained healthcare professionals, and may offer a wider range of health services than you think. Read about services that pharmacists provide.

But for symptoms that don’t go away you should book an appointment with your GP. Your surgery should be able to offer you an appointment to see a GP or another healthcare professional quickly, if necessary. If it’s not urgent, you should also be able to book appointments in advance.

Weekend and Evening appointments

If you struggle to make a GP appointment during working hours, you can now get evening and weekend appointments with GPs, practice nurses, treatment room nurses, clinical pharmacists and physiotherapists in accessible locations across the city and wider county.

All patients across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can now access routine appointments at evenings and weekends.

Appointments are available by pre-booked appointment only on weekdays (6.30pm-8.00pm) and on weekends / Bank Holidays. Ask your GP about their extended opening hours.

Please note the appointment may not take place at your usual GP surgery, but at a GP surgery nearby. Your GP surgery will provide more information at the time of booking.

When your GP surgery is closed

If you phone your GP surgery outside normal surgery hours, a recorded message will tell you who to contact.

Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation. The call handler may advise you to visit your nearest urgent care centre for treatment or recommend a home visit.

You can also call NHS 111 if you’re not sure which NHS service you need.

Read more about how we are working to join up local urgent care services.

March 26, 2019 1:14 am

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