The service runs weekday evenings from 6pm to 8pm and from 8am to 8pm at weekends at Bath Street Health & Wellbeing Centre and appointments can be offered to patients registered with all Warrington GP practices.
The pre-bookable service for non-urgent appointments at Bath Street Centre is available to Warrington residents registered with a Warrington GP.
Dr Burke added “This service will be a real benefit to patients. It can be very difficult for some people to access GP appointments if they are working, which is why we are offering more choice to those who find it hard to see their own GP within core hours.
“If you are registered with a Warrington GP, your practice will be able to refer you to this service if you need a routine GP appointment either out of normal hours or sooner than your practice can offer. Self-referral will not be possible as access to these appointments can only be arranged through GP practices.”
Steve Tilley, Project Manager for Warrington Health Plus says, “There are many people who prefer to see their own GP and for many that is still the best option, but clearly this isn't always possible for those who are regularly unavailable during working hours. The Extended Access project offers extra choice to patients.”
The service has been developed by Warrington Health Plus, a new social enterprise established by Warrington’s GP practices following the award of additional funding in 2014 from the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. The Fund recognises and supports the GPs’ work to develop family doctor services in Warrington.
Commenting on the Warrington Health Plus programme, Dr Catherine Doyle, Chair of the Warrington Health Plus Community Interest Company said:
“All GP practices locally and nationally currently face significant pressure to meet increasing demands on services, at a time of a shrinking GP workforce. Warrington’s GPs are working hard to address these issues through a range of innovations in the town.
Dr Doyle added:
“Over the next six months, we will see a range of new services being tested to transform the way GP and supporting services are provided. We want to keep people as healthy as possible, care for them as close to home as possible, make care more co-ordinated and joined up, as well as improve access to services.”
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