Christmas Eve and New Years Eve

GP Practices have analysed patient demand in the run up to Christmas and New Year in 2019 and 2020. This data shows there is a greater demand for appointments in the days prior to bank holidays and lower demand on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, particularly in the afternoons. GP practices are therefore working together to ensure more capacity and appointments are available at the beginning of the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year. This means practices will be working very hard to clear tasks, results, home visits and triage to ensure a smooth transition to the Out of Hours GP service operated by DHU from 16:00 hours on 24th December and 31st December 2021.