A national initiative which sees many GP practices in Surrey Downs offer appointments during evenings and weekends will run over Easter. It is open to people with more urgent medical needs and will include over 200 additional opportunities to be seen by a doctor.
Patients living in and around Epsom will have the option to book an extended hours appointment with their registered practice in the usual way. Patients in the Dorking and East Elmbridge localities should contact their practice to see if additional appointments are available. If their practice is not participating in the scheme or is closed on a particular day, patients can access the GP out-of-hours service by ringing 111.
For more information, and to check if your surgery is among those offering additional appointments, click here.
Patients are also advised to check if they need to order a repeat prescription ahead of the holiday period. Running out of medicine can have serious consequences for patients’ health, create additional demand on out-of-hours services plus incur extra costs to the NHS - approximately £80 per prescription during Bank Holidays and weekends.
For help and advice with a minor ailment over Easter patients can visit their local pharmacy - many will be open for longer over the bank holiday weekend. Click here for details. Pharmacists are healthcare experts who can give qualified clinical advice. If symptoms suggest it’s more serious they will ensure patients get the help they need. Visit https://beta.nhs.uk/find-a-pharmacy/ for a full list of pharmacies and opening hours in the local area.
For urgent medical help or advice when it's not a life-threatening situation, please call NHS 111.
In a medical emergency (when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk) always call 999. Patients who feel seriously unwell are encouraged to seek medical help sooner rather than later.