Weekend and evening appointments with a GP, practice nurse or other health professional have been successfully launched in the NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.
Dr Martin Writer, Chair of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG said:
“These additional appointments have been running since the end of last year and are proving a real benefit; not only do they make life easier for patients in getting an appointment they also help reduce pressure on urgent and emergency care services.”
“We are also asking patients who book an appointment and then decide they don’t need it to call their own GP surgery during normal opening hours to let them know, as they would with a regular appointment. This means that someone else can use the appointment and make the best use of your health professionals’ time.”
In addition to the previously available appointments, patients can now book to see a health care professional from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on weekdays, from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays, and from 9am to 1pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. You can get more information by calling or visiting the GP practice where you are registered.
The following practices listed will offer the improved access appointments (in addition to their normal surgery hours) on a rotational basis, taking turns to offer the additional appointments on different days:
- Eastbourne – Harbour Medical Practice
- Eastbourne – Park Practice
- Hailsham – Quintins Surgery
- Seaford – Old School Surgery
- Seaford Medical Practice
These new appointments may be at your GP surgery, another GP surgery in the local area or via telephone consultation. If your appointment isn’t at your usual surgery, the person you see will have access to your medical records if you give them permission, just like seeing a locum at your regular surgery. You will be asked before any of your information is accessed or shared.