Are GPs open on bank holidays?

HEALTH professionals have asked people to use NHS services wisely this August bank holiday Monday.

On August 31, many local practices and pharmacies will operate reduced opening times, while others will remain open as normal.

Are GPs open on bank holidays?

GPs usually operate reduced hours on bank holidays, but this could differ from a practice to another.

NHS England did not ask GP practices to work over the August bank holiday unless they are subject to lockdown rules or specific arrangements, according to GP Online.

A primary care bulletin from NHS England medical director for primary care Dr Nikki Kanani and director for primary care strategy Ed Waller informed practices that they would not need to open on August Bank Holiday Monday.

They said: "August bank holiday is rapidly approaching – we do not anticipate primary care will need to offer additional services over this period unless under a specific local lockdown or local arrangement which has been agreed with the local commissioner."

This means some practices will be closed, while others will operate with reduced hours.

It is advised to check with your health centre or surgery for further details.

How can I see a GP on a bank holiday?

The NHS offers an out-of-hours service in case you try to contact your GP surgery and find it is closed.

The out-of-hours period is from 6.30pm to 8am on weekdays and all day at weekends and on bank holidays.

Consider calling NHS 111 if you urgently need medical help or advice, but it's not an emergency.

You can also visit an urgent care service, such as an NHS walk-in centre, urgent care centre or minor injuries unit.

These can provide treatment for minor injuries or illnesses, such as cuts, bruises and rashes.

Some urgent care services offer access to doctors, as well as nurses.

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