Patients across North Kirklees will benefit from weekend GP appointments from Saturday, 18 October 2014.
NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation that plans and buys health services across the region, has invested an additional £300,000 in primary care services to extend current GP hours.
From 18 October, patients registered with a North Kirklees GP practice will be able to arrange GP appointments for urgent health problems on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
The new service is accessed via a telephone hotline 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 five health centres across North Kirklees.
Dr David Kelly, Chair of NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“The newly extended service will help to improve local access to general practitioners and support our wider plans to ensure that health services across North Kirklees operate effectively over the winter period.”
Dr Stuart Lawson, a Batley GP and Chair of Curo Health, said:
“Weekend appointments are a welcome addition to our primary care services. We recognise that patients may need to access health care services urgently during the winter months but it is not always appropriate for them to go to accident and emergency departments.
“With winter fast approaching, the flexibility and extra appointments provided by local GPs in central locations will provide a convenient service for our patients in North Kirklees. We hope that this will go some way to relieving the pressure on the emergency departments of our local hospitals,” he added.
Patients can also call NHS 111 when they need urgent medical advice or attention for a non-life threating health problem. 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.