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Extra GP appointments this Easter - and pharmacy opening times for Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale

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Published by Lizzy McEllan at 5:29pm 17th April 2019.

Almost 100,000 additional GP appointments will be available right across the country over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Over the long weekend, thanks to the increased number of appointments available, people in need of medical advice and help will be more likely to be able to see their local family doctor than in previous years, offering more convenience and stopping problems getting worse.

A list of pharmacy opening times across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale has also been published for the Easter weekend.

What should I do if I need an appointment over the weekend?

  • If you think you need an appointment with your GP, call your practice who will be able to advise. Evening and weekends appointments are available too. You will be seen by the most appropriate member of the family doctor team. If it is not your GP, you may see a nurse, pharmacist, physiotherapist or practitioner associate, depending on your needs.
  • If you have a minor illness or need over the counter medicines – try your local pharmacy.
  • If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do, call NHS 111.
  • Only if it is an emergency should you call 999 or go to A&E.

Professor Chris Gray, a medical director for the NHS in the North East and Yorkshire region, said:

“If people have a non-emergency health problem over the Easter period, they should call 111 or go online to 111.nhs.uk.

"By doing this, they will receive the most appropriate care and advice and will get the help they need, quickly.

"Pharmacists also can provide instant, confidential advice and treatment for minor illnesses, without the need to make an appointment.

"By following this simple advice it will allow those who need emergency care in A&E to access it much more quickly.”

“With access to GPs at weekends and evenings right across the country since the end of last year, this Easter as the NHS delivers its Long Term Plan for the health service, patients will have better access to family doctors than ever before.”

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