Weekend and evening GP appointments available from 1 October

17th October 2018, 2:48pm | By catherinerussell |

 

 

 

Wiltshire’s GP Practices are working together to offer people better access to GP appointments in Wiltshire. This means people who are registered with a Wiltshire practice will be able to see a GP, Practice nurse or other health professional at a time which is most convenient for them.

From 1st October 2018, people will be able to pre-book routine appointments to see a GP, practice nurse or other health professional based at Wiltshire GP practices in the evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm, and at weekends and Bank Holidays. In total, an additional 235 hours per week of additional clinical time will be available to 100% of the Wiltshire population.

Dr Richard Sandford-Hill, Chairman of Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This is a Wiltshire-wide initiative, and means that patients who would like an evening appointment, or who need to be seen by a GP at the weekend, can book appointments at a practice in their local area. The appointment offered may not be at your usual practice, but you will not have to travel very far for your appointment. It’s only through groups of GP practices collaborating together that we’ve been able to ensure all Wiltshire patients have this option”.

Appointment types will vary – some being face-to-face, some on the phone – and there will be a mixture of bookable and same-day appointments available across the week. Patients will be triaged to ensure they see the most appropriate healthcare professional who can best deal with their needs, so appointments may also be with a nurse practitioner or a practice nurse. Some appointments will be conducted over the phone, where appropriate.

Dr Lindsay Kinlin, who has led the Wiltshire initiative, said:

“Whatever your local area of Wiltshire, appointments will be offered as usual during the week, but you can be seen at any participating surgery during the evening or weekend. People can book a weekend or evening appointment by contacting their usual surgery during normal opening times. Your practice will explain the process, and ensure the booking is appropriate for your need. We will also request your consent to allow us to share your medical records with the practice where your appointment is due to be. More information is available on your usual GP surgery’s website”.

Dr Sandford-Hill added:

“We will be providing access to primary care services during peak times of demand, including bank holidays and across the Christmas, New Year and Easter periods, but the key is to book through your normal GP surgery. This is not a walk-in service, and patients will only be seen if they have pre-booked their appointment or if they have been advised to see a GP by the 111 service and have been booked in”.

Comments and Discussion

Comments are closed.

Make a Post

You must be logged in to add a post.
Volunteer Youth Worker – Outdoor Activities

Volunteer Youth Worker ...

The Youth Adventure Trust is a youth development chari...
Motiv8

Motiv8

Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young peo...
Important news for all budding community reporters

Important news for all ...

You may have noticed that we have changed the look and...
Setting the aims of your group

Setting the aims of you...

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your gro...
Mind Reset, in Malmesbury and Chippenham

Mind Reset, in Malmesbu...

“In all the Community Areas in Wiltshire Young Peopl...
First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it...
Managing your money

Managing your money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Tidworth Memory Cafe cancelled - https://...
Get Active Dance camp this summer for young people in Pewsey

Get Active Dance camp t...

Focusing on individual skill development and dance seq...
Accommodation Support

Accommodation Support

The Early Help Young People's Accommodation Officer wo...
It’s not too late to join in Wiltshire’s Big Pledge

It’s not too late...

Still time to join in with the thousands of others enj...

RRogersCEM

Latest local news : Get Active Dance camp this summer ...
Volunteer with us!

Volunteer with us!

There’s making a difference, and there’s making al...
Don’t miss the amazing National Armed Forces Weekend in Salisbury

Don’t miss the am...

We're delighted to be able to share the outline progra...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Enford Film Club's next show - https://t....
Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea t...
Repair cafe

Repair cafe

"The UK generates 26m tonnes of waste every single yea...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Squash mixer – Tidworth Leisure Centre ...
Barnardo’s Play Volunteer

Barnardo’s Play V...

Barnardo’s provides a range of services on behalf of...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Alzheimer's Support Needs You! - https://...
Vale of Pewsey Historic Map Information Boards

Vale of Pewsey Historic...

This project was the brainchild of Sylvie Clayden, a P...
Pewsey Community Land Trust Reports…

Pewsey Community Land T...

Villagers in Pewsey have voted to approve the aims of ...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...
Volunteer Mentor

Volunteer Mentor

The Youth Adventure Trust is a registered youth develo...