Patients in South Warwickshire to be offered evening and weekend appointments thanks to new GP Plus service
Patients across South Warwickshire are to be offered evening and weekend appointments thanks to a new service, called GP+, being provided by the South Warwickshire GP Federation (SWGP).
From the 3rd September, patients registered with any GP practice in South Warwickshire will be able to book face-to-face or telephone appointments at two GP+ ‘hubs’ from 6-9pm on weekdays and 9am-1pm on weekends.
Routine and same day appointments will be offered with GPs, nurses and clinical pharmacists. In addition there will be same day appointments from 6-9pm on weekdays for children aged 0-16 who need treatment after school hours. Appointments are booked via a patient’s normal practice.
South Warwickshire GP+ will run initially from two centrally located and accessible hub locations, Trinity Court Surgery in Stratford-upon-Avon and Waterside Medical Centre in Leamington Spa. The hubs will be staffed by GPs and nurses from local GP practices, with some specialist roles recruited specifically for the new service.
GP+ clinicians will have access to patient records, so that the patient’s full medical history is known and records can be updated regardless of when or where patients are seen (subject to consent).
Tim Morris, Managing Director of South Warwickshire GP Federation, said: “Attending GP appointments is not always convenient for patients, particularly for those who work full time. GP+ will make it easier for people to see a GP, nurse or pharmacist, whether that’s for a specific illness or to keep up to date with important screenings or medication reviews.
“By operating from two central hubs, we have been able to maximise the range of services and the extra hours available to patients across South Warwickshire. We are particularly pleased to be offering the childrens clinic which will allow young people to be seen and treated at short notice without having to attend A&E.”
South Warwickshire GP+ is commissioned by South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is being delivered by SWGP in partnership with Care UK and the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information, visit http://www.southwarwickshiregps.nhs.uk/extendedaccess/
For further information, please contact:
Catherine Martin, CMC
Notes to editors:
South Warwickshire GP Federation is made up of GP practices across South Warwickshire. The Federation will be providing the following services from 3 Sept:
Extended GP and nursing services:
Weekdays from 18:30 – 21:00 and on weekends from 09:00 to 13:00
Weekdays from 18:00 – 21:00
Combination of face to face and telephone same-day appointments with the aim of providing more convenient appointments for you and your child
Weekdays from 18:30 – 20:30and on weekends 09:00-11:00
Telephone medication reviews
The existing Out of Hours Service provided by Care UK will continue and patients will be able to choose which service to use, although it is likely out of hours will be used for more acute needs.
A service delivery board, which includes patient and practice representatives, will support the extended access programme and development of further hub locations.