Between 6.30pm and 8.00am on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on bank holidays, it is known as 'out-of-hours' for GPs. You can still contact your surgery during these times, but they might redirect you to an out-of-hours service.
Typically, out-of-hours cover might include:
It is very important to be registered with a GP. Unlike with your local pharmacist, you must make an appointment to see a GP, and you can only book one if you are registered.
There will often be several GP surgeries covering your area. You can register with whichever you like as long as they are currently accepting new patients. You can find a GP practice near you on the NHS Choices service finder.
If you’re uncertain about whether you need to see a GP, you can call 111 at no charge. Over-the-phone experts will ask you some questions then advise you on the right care option. They can also refer you to a specialist hospital and community treatment if you need it.
Click here for more information on registering with a GP.