Briefing for patients: More appointments for GP services in the evenings, at weekends and bank holidays in your area
30 July 2018
From 1 August 2018, your local NHS is introducing a wider range of times when most people living in Braintree Town, Chelmsford, Silver End and parts of the Colne Valley can get appointments at a GP practice.
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce the local roll-out of national plans, called Extended Access, for appointments into the evening, at weekends and at bank holidays. Extended Access will allow people who might not be able to get to their GP surgery during normal ‘working hours’ to see nurse practitioners, GPs and healthcare assistants at other times.
The CCG has been working with GPs at Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead and North Chelmsford Health Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford, to introduce appointments between at those two locations to patients registered at most practices in Braintree, Chelmsford, and the Colne Valley area from 1 August.
This is the start of a phased launch, with other parts of mid Essex getting Extended Access appointments in the autumn. Due to IT systems that differ from those at the Extended Access centres, people registered at Blandford House in Braintree or, in the Colne Valley, Brimpton House, Hilton House, the Castle Surgery or Coggeshall Surgery will not be able to book Extended Access appointments until 1 October.
From that date, appointments will also be available from two further hubs – Longfield Medical Centre in Maldon and another in the Braintree area currently being finalised. There should be no impact on appointments for patients registered at the practices offering Extended Access appointments due to the planning and extra resourcing for the project.
People wanting an Extended Access appointment book it through their own practice as they would any other appointment. Please note, these are not walk-in appointments – all appointments should be booked in advance, either online or through a person’s own GP practice. Appointment will be with the most appropriate clinician for their condition, which may be a nurse practitioner, paramedic, GP or other healthcare professional.
Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG and a local GP herself, said, "This is great news for patients across our area, as people who struggle to get to weekday appointments in the daytime can now access professional NHS services more easily. Issued by the Communications and Engagement team, Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group Telephone: 01245 459381, email: MECCG.email@example.com www.midessexccg.nhs.uk Follow us: @MidEssexCCG
"In most cases, people going to their GP practice have a condition for which nurse practitioners and allied health professionals can offer the right advice and treatment, and the new service follows this model. It’s part of wider plans at the CCG to build a strong foundation for primary care – our GP practices – and make sure they continue to serve our local population long into the future."
A website offering more details of the Extended Access Service will be live from 1 August and available via bit.ly/ExtendedAccess.
Kelvedon and Feering Health Centre
NOTICE TO OUR PATIENTS
WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT KELVEDON & FEERING HEALTH CENTRE HAS NOW HAD HAD A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP.
AS PATIENTS YOU WILL INITIALLY NOTICE NO DIFFERENCE AND ITS BUSINESS AS USUAL
YOU WILL STILL VISIT YOUR LOCAL SURGERY, SEE THE SAME DOCTORS, NURSES & STAFF
OVER THE COMING MONTHS WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO OFFER YOU MORE CONTINUITY BY EMPLOYING MORE GPs AND IMPLEMENTING NEW WAYS OF WORKING THAT ULTIMATELY WILL MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH THIS SURGERY A MUCH MORE EFFICIENT AND STREAMLINED ONE.
WE LIKE TO KEEP OUR PATIENTS INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES, THEREFORE AS AND WHEN CHANGES ARE PUT IN PLACE WE WILL ADVISE YOU ALL.
ANY CHANGES MADE WILL ONLY BE POSITIVE ONES PUT IN PLACE TO ENHANCE THE SERVICE WE OFFER ALL OUR PATIENTS.
WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE EXCITED AS WE ALL ARE WITH THIS DEVELOPMENT.
WE WANT TO KEEP YOUR LOCAL SURGERY, JUST THAT, LOCAL...
BUT WITH BETTER RESOURCES TO HELP MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF ALL OUR PATIENTS.
See further information above.
Dr Hilary Ramsay (f) holds surgeries on Four days of each week Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
Dr Joanna Birn-Jeffery (f) normal working days are Tuesday & Wednesday of each week
Patients can see any of the doctors by making an appointment by telephone, online or in person at reception. Home visits are done by the ‘on-call’ doctor for that day.
As well as the usual services of Practice Nurse, District Nurse, Health Visitor and Midwife, we have Phlebotomists to take blood samples.
We aim to provide friendly, 'person-centred' medicine, combining the best of old and new ideas. We wish to provide high quality care for all our patients and pride ourselves on the courtesy and efficiency of our staff.
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