Better access to evening and weekend GP appointments

In North Kirklees there’s now even better access for people to be able to visit a GP after work and on weekends under the GP extended access scheme that was launched in August.

Appointments are available between 6.30pm and 9.30pm each weekday with additional slots available on Saturdays between 9am and 4pm and Sundays between 9am and 1pm. The service offers pre-bookable appointments which can be booked through the patient’s own GP practice or by calling NHS 111.

Having these additional appointments available enables patients to visit a GP at a time that is convenient for them which fits better with their work and other commitments and also reduces pressure on both general practice and hospital emergency departments.

Dr David Kelly, local GP and Chair or NHS North Kirklees CCG said:

“We all lead busy lives and this service benefits patients as it improves access and ensures that people can get the right care at a time that suits them, especially for those with work or other day-time commitments.”

Dr Stuart Lawson, Chair of Curo Health Ltd said:

“The service provides better access to care for patients when their practices are closed.

Patients benefit from direct and easy access to clinicians who will have access to their clinical records, can assess their condition and advise them about the best course of action needed to assist with their health or medical problem.”

Evening and weekend appointments are available for any patient registered with a GP in North Kirklees, as part of this scheme.  The appointments take place in Dewsbury Health Centre.


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