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Patients to benefit from extended access to routine general practice appointments outside normal working hours

01 October 2018


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Patients across Luton will now be able to see a GP or a range of other healthcare professionals outside of general practice routine working hours, including weekday evenings and weekends.

Luton Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) has been working closely with GP surgeries across the area to extend GP opening hours - to make it easier for all registered patients within Luton.

 

Dr Nina Pearson, Clinical Chair of Luton CCG and local GP, said: “People are living longer and have more complex needs, which is putting additional pressures on the NHS. The introduction of extended access appointments will offer patients better access to GP appointments at a time that works for them, whilst also alleviating pressure on General Practice.

“Improved access to health professionals will help people who struggle to see a GP during working hours, particularly those who suffer from long-term health conditions. The extended GP services in the evening and weekends will help to deliver services at times that are convenient to patients and with an extra 1,000 appointments available per week will help relieve pressure on the wider healthcare system as we prepare for winter.”

In Luton, appointments are now available to registered patients at two sites from 6.30pm–9pm weekdays, including bank holidays and from 8.30am-2.30pm on weekends.

Patients can make an appointment via their registered GP practice and some appointments are planned to be made available by NHS111.  The appointments may not be with the patient’s own GP and may be with a healthcare professional at another GP surgery nearby.

Medical records will (with the patients consent) be available to the healthcare professional within the Extended Access service. This is to ensure relevant clinical information is available to give the patient the best possible care. 

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Notes to editors

NHS England’s GP Forward View : https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/

About Luton CCG
Luton Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 240,000 people who live in Luton. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.

LCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. 28 GP practices in Luton are members of the CCG. www.lutonccg.nhs.uk

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