We’re here for you longer

North Kirklees CCG is reminding patients that GPs are here for you longer this winter with appointments available in the evenings and weekends.

The availability of GP appointments outside of traditional working hours reduces pressure on both general practice and hospital emergency departments by providing patients with more choice, greater convenience and increased access to healthcare appointments, when they need them.

Pre-bookable and on the day appointments are available between 6.30pm – 9.30pm each weekday with slots also available on weekends; Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am -1pm at Dewsbury Health Centre.

All appointments can be booked through the patient’s own GP practice or when your GP practice is closed, by calling NHS 111 for urgent non-life-threatening medical help. Some local GPs also offer evening and weekend appointments at their surgery and patients will be offered the most appropriate service when calling.

Dr David Kelly, CCG Chair, said: “We all lead busy lives and this service is ideal for patients who work, or who find it hard to access appointments during the day. It’s particularly important that we look after ourselves this winter. If you feel unwell don’t wait until it gets worse, access the correct healthcare when you need it.  This could be booking an appointment to see a local GP so you can get well again sooner.”

Appointment are available every day over the Christmas and New Year period but times will vary between 24 – 28 December and 1 January 2019. Patients are advised to check the CCGs website for more information. https://www.northkirkleesccg.nhs.uk/extended-access-to-gp-appointments/

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