A number of GPs across Telford and Wrekin are offering extended opening hours, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays, in line with plans to improve patient access to GP services across Telford and Wrekin.
The additional hours, which will mean extra appointments slots are available for patients to access, are just one of a number of plans to improve access. Others of which, include:
- Patients with no fixed address can access any GP practice and request an appointment
- As of 1 July, patients who are not from the Telford and Wrekin, Shropshire, or Staffordshire area, are able to access any GP practice and request an appointment
- By Autumn 2017, a new streaming service will be introduced at The Princess Royal Hospital, ensuring patients have access to the most appropriate treatment for their health need.
Dr Jo Leahy, from Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group explained:
“We have been working with our local GP practices for almost 12 months now to identify how we can provide greater cover across the area for our patients, including better access to GP services. This follows a number of conversations we have had with patients and local patient participation groups.
“It is clear that, by creating a comprehensive GP access system, we will be able to offer a more robust service with extended opening hours to meet the needs of our local population and give them access to GP services nearer to their homes.
“In improving access to GP services we will also remove the need for the Malling Health Wrekin walk-in service, located at Telford Princess Royal Hospital. The decision to not extend the contract has meant we are able to reinvest the money into GP access services ensuring we are providing a better service for everyone in community.”
The contract with Malling Health Wrekin GP Practice will end on 31 July 2017. All patients who are registered at the practice will have received a letter advising them to re-register with a different GP practice and outlining with whom, and how, they can do this. Any patient who has not re-registered will automatically be allocated a new GP practice.
There are seven GP practices within two miles of the current walk-In centre.
For patients who have not yet re-registered, a full list of GP practices they can register with can be found here.
Anyone who has any concerns, or would like any further information, can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Team at Telford and Wrekin CCG on 01952 580407.
To find out more about the extended hours, and if your GP practice is offering them, either contact your GP practice or visit their website.