Extended Access aims to offer appointment times that may be more convenient for some patients. Part of the national agenda by NHS England, Extended Access means patients will be able to book appointments to see a GP, practice nurse, or other health professional, at a time which may be more convenient – in the evenings, at the weekend and during bank holidays.
How will this work for patients?
Extended Access will be delivered through practices coming together in ‘hubs’ located in town and city centres. The practices in these ‘hubs’ will take turns, on a rota basis, to provide the extended access appointments to patients. This means patients could be offered an appointment at their own practice or at a nearby practice in the local area (part of the hub).
Patients will be advised about appointment location at time of booking, enabling them to make an informed choice about their where and when they access care.
Appointments will not be at Prescott Surgery but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional at a surgery in one of the hub locations.
Will my Practice be offering extended access appointments?
Yes, all practices in Shropshire will be part of a network of practices (known as ‘hubs’) in Shropshire, working together to offer patients better access to pre-bookable appointments, at more convenient times. We will provide you with access to the appointments but the appointments will be held at one of the following practices:
- Mondays – Claremont Medical Practice & Marysville Medical Practice
- Tuesdays – Beeches Medical Practice, Belvidere Medical Practice, Pontesbury & Worthern Medical Practice
- Wednesdays – South Hermitage Medical Practice
- Thursdays – Marden Medical Practice & Riverside Medical Practice
- Fridays – remote GP telephone calls only
- Saturday and Sundays – Marden Medical Practice
When will the Extended Access appointments actually be available?
- Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) between 6.30pm and 8pm
- Saturday and Sundays between 8.30am and 12.30pm
How do I pre-book an appointment?
Arranging a pre-bookable evening or weekend appointment is easy to do, however it is dependent on capacity – patients simply need to contact their practice (who they are currently registered with), during normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help.
Will the appointment be at my own Practice?
No. The appointment will beat one of the practices listed above. Patients will be advised about appointment location at time of booking, enabling them to make an informed choice about where and when they access care.