Chiswick Locality

Need to see a GP over the weekend?  Call 111

If you or a member of the family become unwell and need to see a GP at the weekend, you can call 111 and you’ll be directed to a surgery in your local area where you will be offered an appointment for that day.

There is now a GP practice open every weekend and during bank holidays from 10.00am to 4.00pm in the Chiswick Locality of Hounslow.

You don’t need to be registered at any of the practices which are open to use at the weekends and your medical record will be available to the GP you see.

By summer 2015, all GP practices in Hounslow will be open 12 hours a day, including those practices that are open at weekends. Both urgent and routine appointments will be available with GPs and nurses.

Dr Nicola Burbidge, chair of Hounslow Clinical Commissioning Group, which commissions local health services, said:

“We understand that when you’re ill, or if your child is unwell, you want to be treated as quickly as possible.

“But seeking expert advice on the most appropriate service for your need can often mean you’re treated more quickly than you would be by turning up at A&E, which is for patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.”

The Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health at Hounslow Council said:

“Most people know going to A&E is not necessary but can’t get the pain relief or antibiotics which is all that’s normally needed from anywhere else.

“The extension of GP’s working hours in the London Borough of Hounslow will ensure residents don’t need to wait, usually in discomfort or pain, until Monday morning to contact their GP and it will also reduce the need for expensive and unnecessary A&E services. Call 111 if you need to see a GP at the weekend.”

You can find out more about choosing the right care for your need at www.rightcarenwlondon.nhs.uk.

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When you need help quickly but it’s not an emergency, NHS 111 is available free 24 hours a day every day of the year. Friendly, highly-trained advisors, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics, can talk through your concerns and offer healthcare advice or direct you to the service that can help you best.

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