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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 morning appointment at the weekend, 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.

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 -

The Sanctuary

  • Local support 6pm-2am
  • 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:

Single Point of Access

They can help with all mental health referrals and queries. You can get in touch by ringing 01204 483101.

The Samaritans

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


Online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people up to the age of 25.  


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

Name Distance
Boots-Bolton - The Gates Unit 12-15 The Gates Shopping Centre, Meal House Lane, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL1 1DF
01204 363555
Eyewear Brands 15 Deansgate, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 1HH
01204 520055
One Vision Opticians 22 Mealhouse Lane, Bolton, BL1 1DD
01204 384305
Specsavers Opticians 27 - 29 Victoria Square, Bolton, BL1 1RJ
01204 521122
Cloughs Opticians 140 Newport Street, Bolton, BL3 6AB
01204 523594
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Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care 18 Knowsley Street, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 2AP
01204 523531
Vision Express 23-29 Upper Mall, Bolton, BL1 2AL
01204 532323
The Spectacle Centre Ashburner Street, Bolton, BL1 1TQ
01204 366003
Andrew Fletcher Opticians 13 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 4QR
01204 520921
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Deane Eye Clinic 222 Deane Rd, Deane, Bolton, BL3 5DP
01204 524785

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