Patients registered with a GP in Crawley can now access evening and weekend GP appointments.
Patients can book additional evening and weekend appointments at a town hub to help them stay well this winter and beyond.
The service was designed by NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working in partnership with local patients and clinicians. The hub is run by Alliance for Better Care Ltd, the local GP Federation.
The GP hub offers both routine and urgent appointments for registered patients, which can be booked through their GP practice in the normal way, during normal opening hours.
CCG Clinical Chair and local GP, Dr Laura Hill, said: “We want to ensure that more patients in Crawley get the best possible care in the right place, at the right time. We know winter is a time when the NHS is under pressure, but it’s that way because it’s the time when our patients often need us most.
“We have designed this new GP service in partnership with local people. You told us that having access to a GP in the evenings and weekends – particularly on a Saturday was important to you.”
How to book an appointment
Patients will be able to book an evening or weekend appointment by calling their own GP practice in the normal way, during normal opening hours.
Clinicians working at the town’s hub will be able to access a patient’s medical records with your agreement. Patients will be asked before any information is shared and can decline if they wish.
Dr Hill added: “Increasing access to GP services is one of the CCGs highest priorities and I am thrilled that we are able to offer this improved service to help the majority of our local patients and help our local NHS deal with rising numbers of patients who all need our care.
“Although patients using our new hubs may not see their usual doctor at their own practice they can still expect to receive a high level of treatment and care.”