Winter planning guidance 2017 for practices

This year the early Christmas Eve/New Year’s Eve closing debate should only affect practices who are open seven days a week as both days fall on a Sunday. However, patients will need to be reminded that practices will be closed on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December 2017 (Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and Monday 1 January 2018 (New Year’s Day).

Practices should:

  • Remind patients to ensure they have enough medication to cover the holiday period, especially if going to visit family in other parts of the country.
  • Advise patients of the last day for prescriptions to be submitted to get back to the practice by close of business on Friday 22 or Friday 29 December 2017.
  • Remind patients who may be travelling abroad to check whether they need any travel vaccinations and have allowed enough time for these to be administered.
  • Display notices explaining what patients should do in an emergency when the practice is closed. The notices should include details on when the practice will be closed.
  • Ensure any information relating to practice opening times is available on the practice website and in the practice waiting room (and on the front door if relevant).

You can download our guidance on winter planning here.

If you have any queries, please contact our GP Support team at

Last updated : 24 Jan 2018


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