A new Weekend GP Service is being trialled in Uttlesford and has, since November, received positive feedback from patients. The majority of people who have visited the service so far have been of working age and may not be able to access appointments during the week.
The NHS service is based out of Radwinter Road (Saffron Walden Community Hospital) and Great Dunmow Community Centre. Appointments are accessed through a patient’s own GP surgery for a booked appointment only; it is not a ‘walk-in service’.
All GP practices in Uttlesford are taking bookings for the service which allows patients to see a GP, healthcare assistant or nurse for routine appointments, health checks and treatments. People with long term health conditions such as asthma and diabetes can also access these appointments.
Liz Adams, Interim Chief Executive of Uttlesford Health, one of the organisations which run the service said: “We are incredibly proud to have launched this service which will allow people greater access to GP appointments. Our GP practices can book these appointments as part of their normal processes, which will provide greater choice to fit in with busy lifestyles.
“GP practices are under extreme pressure nationally and the demand for GP appointments is increasing and this service will help relieve that demand.”
To book an appointment, simply contact your GP in the usual way.
The service is funded through a grant from the Prime Minister’s Access Fund and is a pilot managed by two local GP companies; Stellar Healthcare and Uttlesford Health. These two companies have been set up by the GP practices in the area.
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