Did you know there are GP and nurse appointments available in Hartlepool and Stockton on weekday evenings? Or even on weekends? I think my column is a great opportunity to make you aware. Read on to find out more!
There are appointments available for all patients at Chadwick Practice in Hartlepool, Tenant Street Practice in Stockton and Woodbridge Practice in Ingleby Barwick during times classed as ‘out of hours’.
The out of hours appointments on weekdays are available from 6.30pm until 8pm, which is great for anyone worried about missing work or has other commitments during the day.
You can book the appointments via your own GP practice, not necessarily having to go through the practices where the slots are available. You can also book an appointment by calling NHS 111 for free. The 111 telephone line is available 24 hours a day and is a great service.
There are appointments from 10am until 1pm on Saturday and Sunday at both Chadwick Practice and Tenant Street Practice. At Woodbridge Practice, you can book appointments from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. It’s a really useful option!
I would also like to take this opportunity to offer my advice on when it is necessary to see a GP. Unfortunately too many of us still visit a GP about the likes of common colds and diarrhoea, which can be self-treated.
Incredibly, if you stacked all of the paracetamol prescribed annually in the North East and Cumbria, it would be equivalent to 11,895 Big Bens!
I would urge you to visit your pharmacy first if you are struggling with any aches, pains or any other minor ailments. It will save you time and also will help the NHS save a remarkable amount of resources. If you take care of the little things, your NHS can keep care of you.
Most pharmacies also now offer a private consultation room, so there is no need to feel embarrassed about visiting to talk about sensitive issues.
If you feel like you need to see a GP on a weekend or weekday evening, call NHS 111 and they will point you in the right direction. It is vital for the NHS that patients are receiving the appropriate level of care and I hope it is reassuring to know the wide range of services available!