The Out of Hours service is available for urgent care only when your GP practice is closed. It must only be used for urgent health care problems that cannot wait until your GP practice re-opens.
The service operates Monday to Friday 6.30pm – 8.00am, and at weekends and bank holidays. Ring your local GP practice for instruction on how to access the out-of-hours service or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.
You should make appointments for routine matters, such as repeat prescriptions and minor ailments, prior to holiday periods
You should call 999 or visit the Accident and Emergency Department at their local hospitals only if you have a genuine emergency.