London is the first region to be able to offer routine GP appointments to all registered patients in the evening, at the weekend and over bank holidays. This is part of the extended access scheme, which aims to improve access to health services in the capital.
Improving access to GP services is one of the highest priorities for the NHS and this increased availability of appointments makes sure people across London will have access to the right service at the right time over Bank Holiday . Londoners can book evening and weekend appointments by calling their GP practice or NHS 111 when their own practice is closed.
Those with more urgent medical issues can also call NHS 111 to speak with a fully trained adviser, 24 hours a day, who can connect them to a nurse, emergency dentist or a GP and can arrange face-to-face appointments.
Some pharmacies will also be open over the bank holiday and are able to help on a wide variety of minor health issues. To see a list of pharmacies open over the weekend, please click here.
Regional Director for London, Professor Jane Cummings said: “We know it’s not always easy to find time to squeeze in an appointment with your GP to fit in with a busy work and family life.
“Appointments at evenings, weekends and bank holidays will not only improve access to GP services but will also help manage pressures on urgent and emergency care services especially over the busy Bank holiday period.”