Please note: all GP practices in Bolton will be open as normal (8am - 6.30pm) on weekdays over the festive period, including Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
However, practices will be closed for routine appointments on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
If you require an appointment or urgent help from a GP outside of these hours, please ring your usual GP practice as normal and you'll be directed to the right service at the right time.
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 surgery 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 morning appointment at the weekend, contact your GP practice as usual, and you will be advised to attend one of three hubs, currently at:
Deane Medical Centre, Waters Meeting Health Centre, Winifred Kettle Centre.
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.
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.
If you need to speak to somebody, the following organisations can offer you some help and support -
- 24 hour crisis help line and face to face support 8pm-6am
- Locations in Bolton, Wigan and Manchester
- Access to suitably trained staff
- Time to talk
- A safe place for people to work through crisis
- Has a calm room
- Individualised recovery plans
- Wrap around follow up support
You can contact The Sanctuary by calling 0300 003 7029. For further information please click on the following link: https://www.selfhelpservices.org.uk/
Single Point of Access
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/
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/