Public views wanted on plans to create extended access to GP services
People living in Fylde and Wyre have been asked to help the local NHS with its plans to improve access to GP services across the area.
NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) outlined plans to roll out a seven-day service as part of its 2030 Vision for Health and Care, published following an extensive public engagement exercise. Now health bosses are planning to extend current access to some evenings and weekend appointments.
The aim is to offer extra services for those who struggle to find appointments that fit in with their family and work life.
A range of appointments with GPs, nurses or healthcare assistants will be available in health centres with full access to patients’ medical records, just like their normal GP surgery.
The CCG has asked its local population to say which days and times they would be most likely to want access to GP practice services outside of the usual 9am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Dr Tony Naughton, the CCG’s clinical chief officer and a GP in Thornton, said: “We are keen to pilot the extended access service as soon as possible but we need some help from the public first.
“If we know which appointment days and times are going to be the most sought-after, we can tailor the services and staffing levels around these times.
“I would urge all patients, especially those of working age or who are reliant on family or carers for transport or chaperones, to complete this very short survey.”
Patients in the Fleetwood area have already had access to services outside the normal hours for some time following the piloting of a project as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund.
The project, which saw the town’s four practices join forces to deliver improved access to healthcare in the area, saw appointments available at the same day health centre from 6.30am to 8pm during the week and from 9am to 1pm at weekends.
To complete the survey, visit http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/extended-gp-access-service/