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Need a GP appointment over Christmas and New Year?

Wednesday 20th December, 2017

Local doctors and nurses will be working extra hard over the festive period to make sure that local people can get the care they need.

GP practices will be open this week and from Wednesday of next week, providing help and support, and bookable appointments with doctors and nurses.

GP practices that open earlier or later on certain days will also providing these additional clinics for their patients across the festive period, so please check their websites for details.

In addition, local GPs and practice teams are also working to make additional bookable appointments available until 8pm on weekdays and during the day on Saturdays and Sundays in specific places across Coastal West Sussex to help patients to receive the care they need over the festive period.

If you need help or advice from a GP or nurse, please contact your GP practice in the normal way or by calling NHS 111 when your practice is closed.

On Christmas Day and Boxing Day people will be able to get the help and support they need by calling NHS 111.

Experienced call handlers will be able to provide advice for a range of symptoms and illnesses, and, if needed, will be able to book you in to see or speak to a local doctor or nurse.

Making sure that appointments are available in this way will not only improve access to GP services over the festive period, but will also help manage pressures on urgent and emergency care by making sure people can be seen by the most appropriate health professional.

Winter is expected to be extremely difficult for the NHS across the country, especially on A&E departments and GP surgeries as they cope with increasing numbers of people seeking treatment.

Accessing the right service for your needs at the right time can help to ease this pressure and help the local NHS.

Another way we can all help local health services is by making sure we have enough of the routine medicines we need over Christmas and New Year.

GP practices will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and we want to avoid people having to call NHS 111 for routine medication.

Local doctors are calling for people to think about what medicines you need and make sure you have enough at home.

And if you don’t, or you are running low, think ahead and contact your GP practice or your local pharmacy this week to order more.