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Publication Date: 23/04/2010 

Patients Asked To Get Ready For GP Holiday On Monday 3 May 


GP closure - 3rd May 

Plan ahead for your GP surgery being closed. Make sure you have adequate supplies of medication to cover the long weekend. 

NHS Lanarkshire is asking patients to plan ahead for Monday 3 May when GP surgeries will be closed.

All surgeries across Lanarkshire will be closed on Monday 3 May for the public holiday.

NHS Lanarkshire’s Out Of Hours Service will deal with calls from people who need urgent medical care and cannot wait until their GP surgery is open.

Dr Liz Duncan, Out Of Hours Clinical Director, NHS Lanarkshire, said: “The Out Of Hours Service was very busy over the Easter holiday weekend with patients who did not realise their GP surgery was closed on the Friday and Monday.

“Unfortunately, this means the service can get caught up with routine calls making it more difficult for people who need an urgent appointment to be seen.

“We are asking everyone to plan ahead for their GP surgery being closed on Monday 3 May by making sure they have adequate supplies of any repeat or regular medication to cover the long weekend.

“It is also useful to keep your medicine cabinet stocked with a few medicines, such as paracetamol, which can help you look after yourself at home. Your local community pharmacist will be pleased to offer advice about what you need.

“The Out Of Hours Service is only for people who cannot wait for their own GP surgery to open. By using it appropriately you can ensure that those patients who need the service most can access it quickly and easily.”

If you do need medical help over the holiday weekend and cannot wait until your GP practice is open you can access the Out of Hours Service by calling NHS 24 on 111.

If you think you need an emergency ambulance you should still call 999.

For more information visit www.nhs24.com .