Workington GP Practices offer seven day appointments

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Workington GP Practices offer seven day appointments

Posted on Thursday 18th December 2014

 

Following a highly successful trial of opening early and closing late from Monday to Friday, Workington’s Primary Care Centre is now offering weekend appointments.

Starting from Saturday 20 December 2014, those feeling unwell can call the Cumbria Health on Call Service (CHoC) and if the call handler feels it is appropriate will offer an appointment at the Primary Care Centre, situated in Workington Community Hospital.

The seven days a week service follows on from a successful trial of five Workington practices offering an 8am to 8pm service Monday to Friday. Now the trial will be extended to weekends with appointments available on Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 8pm.

NHS Cumbria CCG Lead GP for Allerdale, Dr Niall McGreevy said: “This is great news for patients in Workington. All 33,900 people in Workington and surrounding villages registered with a GP in the town will be able to get urgent same day appointments seven days a week, except for bank holidays.”

The new extended hours service follows the Workington practices coming together to develop the service following a successful bid for the £500,000 Prime Ministers Challenge programme. Called Workington Better Together, the project is one of just 20 pilot projects across England to successfully win the funding to improve access to GP services.

From Monday to Friday patients registered with one of the five Workington practices can telephone their own surgery to book an urgent same day appointment. They will then be given a same-day appointment to see a GP or nurse practitioner at Workington Primary Care Centre, which also houses the Minor Injuries Service

During Saturday and Sunday if people need assistance they can call 03000 247247 (CHoC). The call will be answered by a call handler who will take the details and, if needed, they will be contacted and offered an appointment at the Primary Care Centre.

Dr McGreevy makes it clear that the service is for urgent appointments only and family doctors from all five practices are urging patients to choose the right care for their needs.

Dr McGreevy added: “Urgent appointments are for people who consider their health may deteriorate if they have to wait longer than 24 hours to see a GP or nurse practitioner.

“We would like to remind patients, that urgent appointment services do not provide sick notes, travel injections, routine repeat prescriptions, GP letters for other agencies, routine care for drug and alcohol misuse or test results.

“As well as enabling our patients to see a GP or nurse practitioner when they need, the new system also frees up doctors from urgent cases which means they have more time to devote to routine appointments which you can book in advance.”

For more information about Working Better Together visit www.cumbriaccg.nhs.uk| , follow hashtag #WBTon Twitter, like the Workington Better Together Facebook page or emailing: WorkingtonBetterTogether@cumbriaccg.nhs.uk| .

Posted on Thursday 18th December 2014

 

 
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