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a london map imageDecember 18 2017

London has become the first region to offer extended hours of services to all patients registered with a GP in London. It means an extra 75,000 GP appointments will be available each month in London, following the extension of evening and weekend appointment times by all practices.

NHS England (London) has now started a campaign to alert the potentially 9 million patients in London of the availability of these additional appointment times, under the #staywellLondon tag.

Professor Jane Cummings, Regional Director for London, said: “We know it’s not always easy to find time to squeeze in an appointment with your GP to fit in with a busy work and family life. Appointments at evenings and weekends will not only improve access to GP services but will also help manage pressures on urgent and emergency care services especially over the busy winter period.

“Although patients may not see their usual doctor or nurse they can expect to receive the same excellent level of treatment and care. GPs will have access to a patient’s electronic health care record.”

Dr Siân Howell, London clinical access lead and a GP in Southwark, said: “We have worked with Healthy London Partnership and Clinical Commissioning Groups across London to make this a reality and achieve one of the key health ambitions for all Londoners to be able to see a GP in the evenings and at weekends.

“We need to continue to build on this to make sure we have the best systems in place across all of general practice in London, not only supporting patients to access the right service to meet their needs in a timely way, but also so those working in general practice are empowered to always deliver the best care they can.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair, commented: “Making access to GPs easier and more convenient for patients can only be a good thing, but in the current climate, it is simply impossible for every GP practice to be open every night and every weekend. Patients need to be aware that the scheme announced today will offer them a GP consultation, but not necessarily with their usual GP or at their own GP practice.”

Links:
NHS England (London) announcement    
RCGP comment                  

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