You can now book evening and weekend appointments through your GP practice in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
Local GP practices are working together to offer patients better access to primary care services. This means you will be able to see a GP or practice nurse or other health professional at a time which is most convenient for you, seven days a week.
Dr Jonathan Hayes, local GP and Clinical Chair of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG, said:
We are delighted to be able to offer evening and weekend GP and nurse appointments to our patients.
We understand some patients struggle to get appointments during normal opening hours due to work and other constraints, so we want to be able to help with this and offer appointments out of hours.
We’re hoping that by offering more GP and nurse appointments, we can also help to relieve pressure on the health system.
In line with national guidance, all CCGs in England are now required to provide improved access to GP services, including at evenings and weekends, for everybody.
Dr Hayes added:
This shows how primary care is evolving, not only across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, but also across the country.
Under the improved access scheme, you may not be offered appointments with your own named GP or practice, but will have access to a GP in your area outside normal opening hours.
The scheme forms part of the winter ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign to make sure that you can get the care you need in the right place and at the right time.
Debra Elliott, Director of Commissioning, NHS England South West said:
So we can support you to stay well this winter the NHS is making more appointments available at GP surgeries and clinics, encouraging those eligible to have a free flu jab and highlighting the important role played by community pharmacists in offering help and advice. It’s important that the most vulnerable people take steps to keep healthy and stay well so our services can cope with the increased demand they experience at this time of the year.
We are also reminding people to take up this year’s flu vaccination and acting early on minor ailments, which could prevent more serious complications. We encourage you to speak to a pharmacist in the first instance if you think you’re coming down with an illness. Alternatively, dial NHS 111 at any time for medical advice.
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