You can now see or speak to your GP in Manchester at any time of the day or night in a scheme that has been termed ‘All day, all night, all the time’ by the NHS Central and South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Local GPs or family doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In a move that will have many patients breathe a sigh of relief, there are now surgeries open late into the evening or on weekends, whilst others maintain more traditional opening hours. In any case, they all have one thing in common: they are all linked to the GP Out of Hours service the moment they close each day.
The way it works is that if you need to see or speak to a doctor when your surgery is closed, you can call your usual surgery number and you’ll automatically be put through or given a further number to call. Doctors will be working round the clock to offer advice and treatment when needs be.
The city’s Out of Hours GP service is provided by GO TO DOC (GTD), a local not-for-profit company. “Following your call, specialist clinical staff will arrange telephone advice, a treatment appointment or even a home-visit should one be clinically necessary,” CCGs say.
GTD are directly contactable on 0161 336 3252.