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Reminder that evening and weekend GP appointments available

Reminder that evening and weekend GP appointments available

NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding patients that there are evening and weekend GP appointments available if that is more convenient.

Patients should remember that minor ailments like coughs colds and sore throats can be well managed by their local pharmacist and that GP appointments should not be used for these purposes.

If you are a resident in the borough and need more flexibility, then you can request an evening or weekend appointment. They are booked as normal through your GP practice, although they may not be at your usual surgery or with your usual doctor.

Dr Malcolm Ridgway, Clinical Director for Quality and Effectiveness at the CCG, said: “Times are changing. The needs of patients is changing and so it is only right that General Practice moves with the time too.

“These are not new appointments, they have been available since 2015 but we want to remind people as they may not be aware.”