Have you booked an evening or weekend GP appointment yet?

Thursday 25th October, 2018

Improved Access Poster

From 01 October, people across Coastal West Sussex have been able to book GP and nurse appointments into the evening and at the weekend.

Going live at the start of the month, the appointments are available at GP access hubs across Coastal West Sussex and booked through your normal GP practice.

Appointments are now available up to 8pm during the week – and during clinics on Saturdays and Sundays.

They are available for two main reasons – to provide additional appointments when you need to see a GP or nurse urgently, and to provide clinics for appointments like family planning or long term condition reviews at different times for those who may be working or have caring responsibilities.

It aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.

The GP access hubs are run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP practices.

IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses’.

These clinics have been successful and helped local people to access the help they need outside of normal opening times.

You book into the GP access hubs via your normal GP practice, and you may be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice and support.

The hubs may be at your GP practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP practice locally in the community around you.

The teams will have access to your medical records with your consent, and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP practice can continue any ongoing care.

The new appointments come after the local NHS carried out a large survey on primary and urgent care services, and people told us they wanted a wider range of appointments.

Two out of three people said that said they would use GP appointments outside of normal working hours. Of those, nearly 40% said they would use evening and Saturday appointments.

Younger people, carers of children and working age people with long term conditions were particular interested in extended hours so they could work around existing commitments.

Therefore, if you have difficulty making a GP appointment for a planned clinic during the week, please speak to your GP practice about what options are available.

Similarly, if you need urgent help and support from your GP practice, please speak to the team about what appointments they have available that day.

Any problems or concerns please get in with contact us.