People who need to see a GP or practice nurse in Tower Hamlets can book appointments on weekday evenings, weekends and bank holidays this winter.
With late evening and weekend appointments, known as GP extended access service, you can arrange to be seen quickly at a time that is convenient to you. Appointments are available every weekday evening between 6.30pm and 10pm, and between 8am and 8pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
These appointments can be booked by calling your own GP practice as usual during working hours or by calling NHS 111.
If you need medical help fast and your surgery is closed, you can call the NHS 111 Clinical Assessment service on 1 1 1 at any time of day or night. GPs, nurses and pharmacists can provide high-quality assessments, advice and treatment over the phone. They can also book you an appointment with the most appropriate NHS service if you need one, or prescribe medicines over the phone.
It is much better for people whose condition is not urgent to use these services to see a GP or another health professional than to visit A&E. This ensures that those who genuinely need life-saving emergency treatment can receive it as quickly as possible.
Dr Sam Everington, a local GP and Chair of NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We understand our patients are leading increasingly busy lives and there is now much more demand to be able to see a GP or nurse outside normal working hours.
“Having services later in the evening, and at weekends and bank holidays, makes it easier for people to be seen more quickly and at a time that better suits them, and this even includes being able to see a GP on Christmas day.”