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Weekend patient access to continue in Workington

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Weekend patient access to continue in Workington

Posted on Wednesday 21st September 2016

Patients in Workington will continue to have weekend access to GP services through the Workington Primary Care Centre, based at Workington Community Hospital.

The Workington scheme was part of a national pilot which encouraged new ways of working to offer GP and Nurse Practitioner services seven days a week.

The scheme, which brings together five practices in the town as Workington Health Limited, piloted primary care access from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week. The Workington Primary Care Centre provides same day urgent appointments for patients from all five Workington Practices and a walk in minor injury service open to all.

Evaluation of the service, including patient feedback, has shown the popularity of weekend and evening appointments with GPs and Nurse Practitioners.

Now NHS England and NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will continue to fund the service with a few changes.

Urgent same day appointments and the minor injury service will continue to be available 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. At weekends these services will now be offered between 10am and 4pm.

Workington Health Limited will introduce the new opening times from November 5th.

James Street Practice GP Dr Niall McGreevy, the Allerdale lead GP for NHS Cumbria CCG, said: “We are pleased that the hard work of all the staff involved in this scheme has been recognised, and that we can continue to work in collaboration to offer this 7 day service to our patients.

“We know from the feedback from patients that they value the flexibility of evening and weekend appointments.”


he GP Practices involved are:

• Beechwood Surgery

• James Street Practice

• Orchard House Surgery

• Oxford Street 

• Solway Health Services

Workington Primary Care Centre is an integral part of the five Workington GP practices and handles all of the urgent same day appointments for patients registered with a Workington surgery.

Patients are seen by either a GP or Nurse Practitioner. Appointments are made by contacting their own GP surgery where they will be asked a series of short questions to determine which is the most appropriate appointment for their needs.

It also offers a walk in minor injury service

The Workington Primary Care Centre is not for:

• Sick notes
• Travel injections
• Routine repeat prescriptions
• Contraception
• Dental problems
• Routine care for drug or alcohol misuse
• Test results
• Ongoing mental health problems

Posted on Wednesday 21st September 2016


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