GP Surgeries – core opening times
Bolton’s GP surgeries are open from 8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday, including Wednesday afternoons.
Parents will be pleased to know that children under 12 must be assessed on the same day if they call their GP for an appointment. This could be a telephone consultation to begin with however, a child may be invited down to the practice if required. In cases where a child needs urgent hospital care, this can be arranged directly by the GP.
These opening times are a core component of the Bolton Quality Contract – an initiative developed by the CCG to enable the public to gain easier access to their GP
Access to GP surgeries outside of core hours
If you require an appointment between 6.30pm and 9.30pm Monday to Friday, or a weekend appointment, contact your GP practice as usual and you will be advised to attend one of three hubs, currently at:
Waters Meeting Health Centre, Winifred Kettle Centre and the Urgent Treatment Centre, based at the Royal Bolton Hospital (access via Main Entrance).
If you need urgent help from a GP, day or night, please ring your GP practice as normal and you'll be directed to the right service at the right time.
Primary Care Networks
NHS England’s Long-Term Plan outlined the ambition for Integrated Care Systems and the BMA GP (England) committee and NHS England agreed through national contract negotiations for the development and roll out of Primary Care Networks (PCNs). From the 1 July 2019, 9 PCNs were established in Bolton, please refer to table below for further information.
Many medicines are available at your local pharmacy without a prescription, and lots of Bolton pharmacies are open at evenings and weekends. You may want to visit a pharmacy if you are suffering with diarrhoea/vomiting, headaches and severe coughs etc.
To find your nearest doctor, dentist, pharmacy, or other service, enter your postcode into the box above and click on search. Or, alternatively select a service from the list to the right.
Lots of minor illnesses can be effectively treated at home. Keep a well stocked medicine cabinet to help relieve any minor symptoms. An example of when you should self care would be hangovers, minor cuts and bruises along with coughs and colds.
A&E is for serious injuries and life threatening conditions only. If you go to A&E with minor health problems you may be turned away and directed to a more suitable NHS service.
NHS Bolton Foundation Trust
Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR
Tel: 01204 390390
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Bury New Road, Prestwich,Manchester, M25 3BL
Tel: 0161 773 9121
If you need to speak to somebody, the following organisations can offer you some help and support:
Single Point of Access (SPA)
They can help with all mental health referrals and queries. You can get in touch by ringing 01204 483101.
They have a 24 hour free telephone support line, and can meet you in person (please phone to confirm access times).
- Bolton telephone: 01204 521200 (local call charges apply)
- National telephone: 116 123 (this number is free to call)
Voluntary sector organisation in Bolton, offering support to people living with a mental health condition. Telephone 01204 380643 and website www.band.org.uk
Online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people up to the age of 25. http://www.kooth.com/
Run by specialist nurses from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, provides parents and young people with quick and easy access to confidential health advice.
Parents can text 07507 331751 and young people can text 07507 331753 for support on a variety of topics.
ChatHealth is free (standard message rates apply).
National charity which helps young people under the age of 35 who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, or help for those worried about someone: Call 0800 068 41 41 or visit their website http://papyrus-uk.org/
If you need medical attention over the bank holiday remember, your local pharmacist is qualified to give expert advice on a range on minor health concerns.
Your GP practice will be closed on bank holiday Monday but there are a number of planned and unplanned appointments available at one of three hubs: Waters Meeting Health Centre, Winifred Kettle Centre and the Urgent Treatment Centre, based at the Royal Bolton Hospital.
Appointments are available between 9am and 1pm throughout the weekend – just call your usual GP practice for further guidance.
An out of hours GP service is also available overnight from 6.30pm to 8am – again call your GP practice.
Remember, A&E is for serious injuries and life-threatening conditions.