GP workload rise as royal wedding bank holiday nears

GP practices have faced a sharp rise in workload in the three-day week between Easter and the royal wedding bank holiday, GP leaders say.

Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on 29 April (Photograph: Rex Features )
Prince William and Kate Middleton are to marry on 29 April (Photograph: Rex Features )

The bank holiday for the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton on 29 April brings the second four-day weekend in a row.

But warm weather and careful planning have meant practices have not struggled to cope as much as feared.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘It has been busy but not as bad as we anticipated. The good weather has helped – lots of people are away and the sunshine means people feel well and are less likely to visit their GP.

‘Practices have a lot of experience coping with bank holidays and their systems have worked well.’

He said high demand for repeat prescriptions had meant practices needed to plan carefully.

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