Weekend and evening appointments with a GP, practice nurse or other health professional have been successfully launched in the NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.
Dr David Warden, Chair of Hastings and Rother CCG said:
“These additional appointments have been running since the end of last year and are proving a real benefit; not only do they make life easier for patients in getting an appointment they also help reduce pressure on urgent and emergency care services.”
“We are also asking patients who book an appointment and then decide they don’t need it to call their own GP surgery during normal opening hours to let them know, as they would with a regular appointment. This means that someone else can use the appointment and make the best use of your health professionals’ time.”
In addition to the previously available appointments, patients can now book to see a health care professional from 6:30pm to 8pm on weekdays, from 8:30am to 12:30pm on Saturdays, and from 8:30am to 10:45am on Sundays and Bank Holidays. You can get more information by calling or visiting the GP practice where you are registered.
The following practices listed will offer the improved access appointments (in addition to their normal surgery hours) on a rotational basis, taking turns to offer the additional appointments on different days:
- Bexhill – Pebsham Sea Road Surgery
- Central Hastings – Station Practice
- Central St Leonards – Warrior Square Surgery
- East Hastings – Beaconsfield Ore Satellite Surgery
- Rural Rother – Rye Medical Centre
- Rural Rother – Sedlescombe Surgery
- West St Leonards – High Glades Medical Practice
These new appointments may be at your GP surgery, another GP surgery in the local area or via telephone consultation. If your appointment isn’t at your usual surgery, the person you see will have access to your medical records if you give them permission, just like seeing a locum at your regular surgery. You will be asked before any of your information is accessed or shared.