Leeds GP practices will be open this Easter bank holiday for those who need help.
As part of the city’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), most appointments will take place via telephone or video. Face-to-face appointments are still offered where absolutely necessary, with patients being advised accordingly.
GPs are also encouraging people to download and use the NHS app to access services such as repeat prescriptions as well as self-management support for any existing health conditions.
And in an effort to get people to the right healthcare professional, people are being advised to provide as much detail as possible for their call when contacting their local GP practice.
Dr Sarah Forbes, GP and Associate Medical Director for the CCG, said:
“We want to keep pressure off hospital services wherever we can, so practices across the city will be open over the bank holiday to help make sure anyone who needs medical help can access it.
“But we’d also ask that everyone helps us by staying at home. We appreciate that Easter and Passover are traditional times for families to come together, but social distancing rules remains essential.
“This means not meeting up with friends and family who don’t live with you and only leaving the house to buy essentials, for health reasons (such as going to the pharmacy), or for work that absolutely cannot be done at home.
“If you go out, you should stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times, and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Following these rules will help control the spread of the virus to the wider community, particularly the most vulnerable.”
If you’re having difficulty getting food or medication delivered to you and do not have friends or family nearby, there is support available. Call the Leeds City Council helpline on 0113 378 1877, and their volunteers will do their best to assist you.