Local residents can now access more evening and weekend appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant. The new, improved service will see GP practices working together to offer patients appointments at more convenient times when they call their local practice.
Appointments are now available from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday to Friday and from 9:00am - 3:00pm on the weekends and public holidays; however, opening hours will vary between the practices.
To make an appointment, you can call your own GP practice during normal business hours.
These appointments are in addition to the usual GP surgery opening hours from 8am to 6.30pm. It means that when patients contact their doctor they will be offered appointments at an accessible time and day at surgeries where appointments are available, which may not always be patient’s usual practice.
Dr Kashif Siddiqui, Clinical Chair of NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, said: “We understand that people cannot always go to see their GP during standard working hours. Appointments may not be at your usual practice, but if you talk to your GP practice receptionist, they can help you find the right service and at a time that works best for you where possible.”
Local residents will see a GP or healthcare professional who may or may not be from the practice they are registered with. The GP or other professional will have access to your medical record to ensure that you receive the best possible care and support.
People can also dial 111 if they need medical help but are not in a life-threatening situation. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is a great way to get the right medical advice at any time.