GPs to carry on caring at weekends

Weekend appointments for urgent health needs in North Kirklees are to continue.

A six-month trial scheme to offer GP appointments on Saturdays and Sundays was due to end next month but has now been extended for a further six months.

NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation that plans and buys many local health services, is funding the extended service.

Its Chair, Dr David Kelly, who is also a Heckmondwike GP, said, “The service is helping to relieve pressure on weekday appointments as well as providing an alternative to patients who might otherwise go to Accident and Emergency.

“The original idea was to help with high demand for appointments during the winter months but we’ve now decided to keep the service going.”

Patients registered with any North Kirklees GP practice can request a GP appointment for urgent health problems on Saturday and Sunday mornings by calling 01924 351499 between 8am and 11.30am each weekend.

The service, provided by Curo Health – a local federation of GP practices – will assess the patient’s condition by phone and, if appropriate, offer them an appointment at one of two health centres. The service covers urgent medical treatment, urgent medication and urgent medical advice.

Patients can also call NHS 111 when they need urgent medical advice or attention for a non-life threating health problem that’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right medical help and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. For more information visit NHS111.

For further information call 01924 504900

A poster is also available – GP weekend appointments

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