Extended Access to GP services in mid Essex
From 1 October, everyone registered at a GP practice in Maldon District, Chelmsford City or Braintree District can book GP-led appointments at a wider range of times, later into weekday evenings, on Saturdays and Sundays and over bank holidays.
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has introduced the scheme, called Extended Access, under a national programme allowing 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.
People registered at most GP practices in Witham, Chelmsford, Braintree Town and some in the Colne Valley area already have a choice of evening and weekend appointments at hubs in:
- Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, Halstead
- North Chelmsford Health Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford
- Mount Chambers Surgery in Braintree
- or, from 1st October 2018, Longfield Medical Centre in Maldon
From 1 October, people living in Maldon, the Dengie peninsula, South Woodham Ferrers and the rest of Colne Valley will also be able to book at any of the hubs. 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. Appointments will be with the most appropriate clinician for their condition, which may be a nurse practitioner, GP or other healthcare professional.
If you no longe rneed an Extended Access appointment you have booked, you should contact your own practice during working hours, or outside surgery hours, call 07384 579479 to cancel.
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.
“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.”
You can find out more about the service by reading the Extended Access FAQ:
The 'Care Quality Commission' visited the William Fisher Medical Centre on 11th August 2016 to complete its first audit of this practice.
The overall rating was Good with an outstanding rating for the care of people with long term conditions.
Click on the link below to see the summary report.
William Fisher Medical Centre, High Street, Southminster