PATIENTS will benefit from extra GP appointments over Easter, health chiefs have said.

Almost 100,000 additional general practice appointments will be available across the country over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

The NHS has confirmed patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria will benefit from local plans for convenient care, including additional GP appointments and urgent dental appointments while more pharmacies will be open than last year.

Dr David Levy, medical director for the NHS in the North West, said: “Across Lancashire and South Cumbria we have arranged for additional urgent dental appointments on each of the days over the Easter weekend.

"Compared to Easter 2018, there is additional capacity on each day.

"More pharmacies are open than in 2018 in most of our CCG areas on each of the bank holidays.

"Clinical Commissioning Groups locally have also reviewed GP access and, where appropriate, have arranged for additional appointments over the Easter period.

"If you aren’t sure of where to find your local services, call the NHS111 or go to their website.”