Seven-day week GPs for London
The Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for a new contract for GPs to deliver seven day care for all patients by 2020.
He has also unveiled proposals to deliver seven day hospital services across the country by 2018. These are the next steps in making England the first country in the worl to provide a truly seven day health service.
Getting a GP appointment
If you want to see a doctor, you'll usually need to make an appointment. Most GP surgeries operate independently and have their own booking routines. Your surgery should be able to offer you an appointment to see a GP or other healthcare professional quickly if necessary. However, if it is more convenient, you should also be able to book appointments in advance.
Familiarise yourself with your GP surgery’s appointment system, and try to plan in advance if you can. For routine appointments you may be able to book online, so check on the practice website or with the receptionist.
GP services are available 24 hours a day. Outside normal surgery hours you can still phone the GP surgery, but you'll usually be directed to an out-of-hours service if there is one. Alternatively, you can call NHS 111 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) for medical advice over the telephone.
Thursday, 16 January, 2014